Software AG plans to launch itself into the object/relational database space this autumn in the hope of becoming a more mainstream player in a market that has largely left it behind.
The firm has traditionally sold its Adabas relational database into the mainframe world, but has also had some minor success in selling a high end Unix version into its installed base.
But this autumn, it hopes to break into new markets with a range of modules based on the emerging SQL3 standard, which users can plug into Adabas to handle text retrieval, images, entity relationships and spatial and geographic information.
Users will choose which modules they want when they buy Adabas, but can pay for additional ones as they need them.
Roopinder Singh, Software AG?s director of marketing and strategic partnerships, said: ?The more mainstream database players such as Oracle and Informix don?t have a solution at the very high end Unix and mainframe level, but that market is now experiencing 15 per cent growth. They?re more interested in the mass market, but we believe we have isolated requirements that will grow over time.?
The company hopes to form deals with application suppliers such as SAP to support the product and intends to recruit Vars to develop applications based on it in vertical markets such as finance. It will also target the Fortune 500 organisations directly.
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