Sybase plans to integrate its IQ decision support environment with its Enterprise Connect connectivity software to make it easier for users to feed mainframe data into their data warehouses.
The database supplier intends to unveil the next version of IQ, which is based on a bitmapped database, at its user conference in April, but has not yet decided when the product will ship.
Andy Bellinger, Sybase?s product marketing manager, said: "The biggest issue with products like IQ is getting the information in there. There are a number of options you can use such as transfering it using tapes, but using middleware, you can trickle-feed it in more quickly and update the indexes later."
Sybase is also talking about enabling Replication Server to support IQ, which would enable users to undertake interactive updates.
The firm will also announce a new version of its SQL Server database optimised for electronic commerce over the Internet in March.
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