Sybase will finally start reselling White Light?s long awaited Highgate online analytical processing (Olap) software in January, over a year late.
The product has been subject to repeated delays and Sybase, at one point, even affirmed that it it had been canned (see Newswire 30 January, 1997) after the company ran into financial difficulties and appeared no longer able to fund the project on an exclusive basis.
But, Highgate will now appear as part of a tools bundle rather than a database one, carrying the Powersoft Power moniker. The offering, dubbed PowerDimensions will include a SQL Server database licence and Sybase?s IQ database accelerator product for data warehouses.
Richard Harvey, Sybase?s database marketing manager, refused to comment, however, on rumours that the firm had bought internal site licences to the product and had offered California-based White Light two years of pre-paid royalties as part of the deal.
?The product will start shipping in January and will be targetted at specific market areas. One of its strengths is its analytical modelling capabilities, which means we?ll position it at our financial customer base initially because it?s a very good fit. Other areas that we?ll possibly target in future will be retail and customer asset management,? he said.
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