Sybase is to bolster its data warehousing offerings with the purchase of a tiny US startup. The company is taking over metadata management software supplier, Intellidex Systems, for about $1 million (#0.6 million). The startup, based in Boston, has only 14 staff and will be absorbed into the database supplier, although its Warehouse Control Center software will continue to be sold as a separate offering. "The product will give our users the ability to take information out of DB2 and Oracle and define and transform where they want to hold their metadata and the criteria for what data they want to get hold of," commented Andy Bellinger, Sybase's tools marketing manager. "One of the main reasons why data warehouses go wrong is that people don't know when their metadata got to them and how current it is. This tool captures all that in the repository." Analysts said that they expect Sybase to make more acquisitions in the data transformation space, including an on-line analytical processing tool, in the near future. In a separate announcement, Sybase also said it plans to ship the 100% Pure Java version of its Adaptive Server Anywhere mobile database later on this year. The product, code-named Ultralite, will run in only 640Kb of memory and so could run on a Java Virtual Machine on a device smaller than a personal digital assistant (PDA). A Windows CE version of the database is also scheduled to ship this quarter.
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