Sybase is extending its Adaptive Server architecture, seeking to diversify into new markets and stem the flow of red ink.
Having reported a $29.6 million loss for the last quarter (a marked improvement on last year's $66.2 million loss) Sybase is now building on the Web and component developments announced earlier this year.
On the distributed and mobile front, following the April announcement of a database for handheld devices running Windows CE, Sybase is to support 3Com's Palm Computing environment; and moving up the scale, its new Warehouse Studio is an integrated, all-in-one toolset for developing and managing enterprise or departmental data warehouse systems.
The 3Com 'small fingerprint' option enables users to access enterprise data from the Palm Computing range, including Palmpilot, Palm III, the IBM Workpad PC companion and future products from Symbol Technologies.
Sybase aims to push development of new mobile business applications like field salesforce automation and scheduling, and it is targeting high growth markets in healthcare, financial services, retail and telecomms. A beta version of the small fingerprint deployment should ship in the second half of this year.
Speaking at the International Sybase User Group Conference yesterday, Terry Stepien, vice president and general manager of the Workplace Database Division, commented: "Organisations can customise the capabilities of the database to match the memory requirements of an application running on a 3Com connected organiser. A customised database can have a memory "fingerprint" as small as 50Kbytes, and two-way synchronisation [enables] occasionally connected users to download and upload mission critical data."
The company highlighted the breadth of its Adaptive Server Architecture with the Warehouse Studio. An integrated toolset for data warehouses, it includes facilities for design, transformation, database administration and metadata management. Sybase claims it provides faster, cheaper development of decision support systems and it ships this quarter under Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, Digital Unix, and Windows NT. No pricing details yet.
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