MySQL Gains Third-Party Support

Announcements include new report-writing tools, backup technology and CRM applications.

A roster of third parties is expected to announce support for MySQL ABs open-source database on Friday, the second day of the companys first-ever users conference, including announcements of report-writing tools, backup technology and CRM applications.

Blue World Communications Inc. is unveiling at the San Jose, Calif., show Lasso Reporter 6, a tool for creating reports from data within MySQL databases. The software runs on Lasso Professional 6, Blue Worlds Web application server, and is designed with an eye to cutting out the need for IT intervention when business professionals need to run reports.

"Lasso Reporter was born out of a real knowledge management need within our own company as we migrated from an old workgroup database system to a new system and no longer had access to intuitive, GUI-based tools for quickly building reports," said Bill Doerrfeld, CEO of the Bellevue, Wash., company, in a statement. "In fact, the lack of easy reporting tools is one key reason why many knowledge workers hold off on migrating their solutions to more robust database systems. With Lasso Reporter, that barrier is removed."

Lasso Reporter 6 is scheduled to ship later this month. It will be available as a free download from Blue Worlds site and requires Blue World Lasso Professional 6.

Other announcements expected include a plug-in to perform backup on the recently released MySQL database for the 64-bit Intel Itanium 2 processor running the Linux operating system. The plug-in works with Version 5.1 of software from the plug-ins maker, enterprise backup vendor Arkeia Corp., of Carlsbad, Calif.