Sybase made good on its commitment that enterprise information portals (EIP) will be the main plank of its revitalised strategy by revealing its first 'portal ready' products.
The company has stated that EIP is key to enabling companies to become closer to their customers, partners and suppliers, by allowing a personalised integration of content and commerce and this philosophy is influencing its four divisions.
Speaking at the company's Techwave user conference yesterday, president and chief executive John Chen, said that its flagship database Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASA) 12.0 is the, "portal ready database and is at the heart of our EIP strategy."
ASA includes support for Java and XML and has extended its capabilities to enable Web transaction integration and management. It will be released in the fourth quarter.
Enterprise Event Broker (EEB) 1.0 is also described by the company as being portal ready. It is an addition to Sybase's Enterprise Connect family of middleware products.
EEB automates the capture, transformation and delivery of business events across database applications and enables these to integrate with other products, without requiring changes to existing code. It is integrated with messaging software from Tibco's Active Enterprise and IBM's MQ Series for event transport and is available now.
Merv Adrian, vice president and research leader at analyst group Giga Information, said that portals, "have been successful outside the firewall as with Yahoo. The paradox is the same amount of work has to be done on internal business intelligence as has been done for total strangers."
He believes EIP, "will inform Sybase's product strategy. Sybase comes to the table with a powerful set of technologies but it must fill in the missing pieces and let customers know how they will accomplish the EIP goal."
Adrian said it is not clear whether Sybase is up against the knowledge management vendors that "each have their own piece of the puzzle" or will fight the three leading players capable of full scale knowledge management - IBM, Oracle and Microsoft.
"Oracle and Microsoft have the scope to pull it off, but lack vision. IBM has collaborative, personal, and content technologies, but is not making a lot of noise about portals," he said.
"Sybase is not large enough for full scale knowledge but they can integrate multiple kinds of data, have got all the data gateway products and with their replication and transformation capabilities have the ability to move events around an organisation," he added.
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