Sybase showcases new products at conference

At TechWave ’99, John Chen, chairman, CEO and president of Sybase, announced the company would have at least 12 new products to come out in the next 12 months.

Some of these products announced at the show include:

• Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.0, a database upgrade which features new Java support in the form of an integrated Java Virtual Machine, more XML support for tasks such as storage and querying, and server failover support. It will ship later this year;

• Enterprise Event Broker, a new middleware product which is part of the company’s EnterpriseConnect family, and is designed to capture, transform and deliver database events and information across applications. It supports messaging products from TIBCO and IBM Corp., and is available now;

• the beta version of PowerDesigner 7.0, a new version of its database modelling tool which now supports object-oriented analysis and is designed to help database administrators create object-relational models. It’s available now for download from Sybase’s Web site;

• three new Industry Warehouse Studios, which are packages of five data analysis customer relationship management applications. The new offerings are the Sybase Capital Markets Industry Warehouse Studio, the Sybase Life Insurance Industry Warehouse Studio and the Sybase Credit Card Industry Warehouse Studio. The products are scheduled to ship in September for Unix and NT, and start at US$100,000;

• a new middleware product code-named “Open Door” which is slated to be in beta by December 1999 and shipping in early 2000. Sybase also launched a program for companies interested in building electronic commerce systems. Called e-Map to e-Business, the program includes implementation methodologies, courses and consulting services; and,

• finally, the company outlined a plan to make it easy for users to build and deploy electronic commerce applications for mobile devices. Called e-Anywhere, the plan will centre on the synchronization and distribution of data, the local data store of mobile devices and the customization of applications. The first product to be part of this strategy will be the new release of the company’s SQL Anywhere Studio due in Q4 of this year.