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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-17 Print this article Print

Indeed, Sybases iAnywhere Solutions Inc. subsidiary is a bright star in the companys sky. Sybase completed its acquisition of the company in the past quarter, putting it into high gear with partnerships. Deals included arranging a relationship with Intel Corp. to deliver mobile technology; hooking up with NEC Corp. to stimulate the development of mobile, wireless and remote database-powered products in Japan; and announcing the formation of iAnywhere Solutions KK in Japan, a subsidiary that will push to grab more of Japans mobile, remote, embedded and workgroup database and mobile middleware market. As for the RDBMS vision, Tom Traubitz, senior marketing manager for Sybase, promised there would soon be news around XQuery, the XML querying standard now under consideration by the W3C.
Meanwhile, Sybase customers are keeping the faith, with renewal rates for ASE service at 94 percent, Traubitz said.
Indeed, customers such as Versifi Technologies Inc. arent concerned about Sybases shrinking market share or its lower-than-anticipated earnings. Versifi, an enterprise infrastructure and integration company in Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently selected Sybases ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) on Linux for its data management platform. Jerry Schuman, president and chief technology officer, spurned earnings and analyst reports, saying that Sybases Java capabilities put it head and shoulders above other RDBMSes. "With [things like] J2EE support, Sybase has always been the front runner," he said. "We know our DBMSes extremely well. We run them all—SQL Server, Oracle, etc. … From the enterprise market space, Id say Sybase is an extremely strong offering for anybody looking to get into any kind of secure, highly transactional, good uptime and multiplatform support." Latest Stories by Lisa Vaas:

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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