IBM will bundle Sybase's Quickstart Datamart software with its own RS/6000 machines to offer a cut price solution, to be sold through a channel of systems integrators.
Datamarts - stripped down data warehouses that focus on a single strategic or departmental application - are increasingly being promoted by suppliers as a cost effective alternative to expensive, time-consuming warehouse implementations. The combined IBM/Sybase offering will start at around $300,000.
Sybase Quickstart Datamart features Sybase IQ combined wuth data extraction tools from Carleton, Business Objects or Brio.
The joint IBM/Sybase solution is due to begin shipping in the US in April via a channel of 16 national systems integrators. European shipping will begin when the company has selected integration partners at local level.
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