Sybase is extending its Adaptive Server architecture, seeking to diversify into new markets and stem its financial losses. Having reported a $29.6 million (#17.8 million) loss for the last quarter, a marked improvement on last year's $66.2 million (#39.6 million) loss, Sybase is now building on the Web and component developments announced earlier this year. On the distributed and mobile front, following the April announcement of a database for handheld devices running Windows CE, Sybase is to support 3Com's Palm Computing environment; and moving up the scale, its new Warehouse Studio is an integrated, all-in-one toolset for developing and managing enterprise or departmental data warehouse systems. The 3Com 'small fingerprint' option enables users to access enterprise data from the Palm Computing range, including Palmpilot, Palm III, the IBM Workpad PC companion and future products from Symbol Technologies. Sybase aims to push development of new mobile business applications like field salesforce automation and scheduling, and it is targeting high growth markets in healthcare, financial services, retail and telecoms. A beta version of the small fingerprint deployment should ship in the second half of this year.
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