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.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 allSQL 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:
Meanwhile, Sybase customers are keeping the faith, with renewal rates for ASE service at 94 percent, Traubitz said.