The fast growing internet hub, DE-CIX (Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange), has developed into the largest information exchange point in the world. It is no wonder then that the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region has developed into the leading business location for the German software industry. This “Software Cluster” is coordinated from Darmstadt and spreads across the Hessen state border. The "Silicon Valley of Europe" (based on the Truffle Study) encompasses more than 40% of the sales of the top 100 software companies.
More than half of all Hessen universities and universities of applied sciences offer study programs in Information and Communications Technology. The high standards placed on technology and training are highly valued not only by global players in the software industry such as Software AG in Darmstadt and CSC in Wiesbaden, but also by telecommunication companies such as T-Systems and Colt in Frankfurt, as well as international management consultancy firms such as Accenture in Kronberg and Ernst & Young in Eschborn. Furthermore, there is an R & D hub in Darmstadt with a very high concentration of research and development institutions.
Both German and international IT investors are increasingly choosing Hessen as a business location. A testament to this is the numerous investments being made, such as those in the SAP Research Center CEC, the Fraunhofer Ambient Assisted Living Alliance, the German Federal Railway (Deutsche Bahn) IKT - Innovation Center for Transportation and Logistics, and the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC). Investments such as these increase the region's competitive advantage and are powerful evidence of how attractive Hessen is as a top business location for modern information and communications technology.