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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-23 Print this article Print

Business for Sybase in Asia/Pacific regions suffering from the SARS outbreak—Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Taiwan—was down 20 percent for the quarter. However, because of healthy database sales in Japan, Asia/Pacific as a whole was up 6 percent, Chen said. In other database goings-on, during the just-completed quarter, Sybase announced the general availability of Adaptive Server IQ 12.5, a highly scalable analytical engine featuring greater ease-of-use, enhanced support, lower overall total cost of ownership, and easier integration and interoperability.
As far as what future ASE updates would contain, Chen pointed to trends in relational database management system technology that could provide insights, including a heightened attention to security, focus on federated or edge computing, and a trend toward treating the database as more of a data management platform.
That data-management-platform trend is whats behind, for example, Oracle Corp.s anticipated move to more tightly integrate its Collaboration Suite messaging platform into Oracle10G, the next update of its database. Could the next update of ASE be mated with a messaging platform in a like manner? "I would not be surprised," Chen said. "I think the database, with the traditional managing of bits and bytes, is going to be expanded. The ability to do messaging, do real-time, be more secure … the database is really becoming a data management platform." And given the melodrama of Oracles ongoing takeover attempt of PeopleSoft Inc., Sybases database is one that Chen thinks is looking better and better to potential customers. "[The Oracle-PeopleSoft acquisition] will help us a lot with the PeopleSoft relationship," Chen said. "PeopleSoft customers would rather see a PeopleSoft-Sybase combination, rather than an Oracle-PeopleSoft combination. Why? Because its a dead end. … If you have PeopleSoft on Oracle, you have to think about what your future strategy will be. Either way its not good news."

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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