Sybase Helps China Fight SARS

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-09 Print this article Print

Company donating data management technology to China Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help wage war on SARS.

Sybase is donating data management technology to China to help wage war on SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the company announced on Monday. The software will go to the China CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) to enable the organization to establish a data analysis system across the countrys medical departments and institutes, thus enabling faster decision-making in the countrys research, control and prevention of SARS, said officials of the Dublin, Calif., company.
The software to be donated includes Sybase IQ, an analytical relational database designed for data warehousing; Enterprise Application Server; Adaptive Server Enterprise, the companys flagship transactional database; PowerBuilder, the companys application development platform; and PowerDesigner, a tool for modeling and design of business applications.
The China CDC, a social welfare unit of the Peoples Republic of China, has already established a disease reporting system and a nationwide SARS case reporting system and is seeking to improve its data processing capabilities with more efficient data dispersal, faster response rates and increased capacity, said Sybase officials. The agency is also establishing a nationwide system of data analysis to facilitate rapid, informed health decisions. For more on SARS, see Baselines special report Diagnosis: Disconnected.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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