Sybase Putting Information in Action

At the company's TechWave conference, CEO John Chen announced Sybase has joined with two companies to push its data out in real time-and has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Database maker Sybase Inc. has joined with two companies to push its data out in real time, announced Chairman, CEO and President John Chen during the opening keynote of Sybases TechWave conference.

As part of the real-time data push, Sybase also announced Tuesday at the Orlando, Fla., conference that it has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Chen was joined onstage by the leaders of the two companies with which Sybase is joining forces: Tibco Software Inc. Chairman and CEO Vivek Ranadivé and BearingPoint Inc. President and CEO Randolph Blazer. The theme of Chens keynote was "information in action"—Chens phrase for the mobile and wireless technology that enables the delivery of information "anywhere, anytime."

Sybase, of Dublin, Calif., will work with Tibco to integrate Tibcos JMS (Java Messaging Service) technology into Sybases ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) relational database management system.

The combination is geared to deliver Real-time Services, technology designed to deliver information in real time when data within the database changes. Business decisions can be triggered by automatic notification of these changes. The services are being built on open standards and will be accessible via a point-and-click interface, meaning users dont have to get up to speed on a proprietary interface or use a development kit before employing them.

Real-time Services are based on Sybases ASE database and Tibcos JMS, a standardized interface for communication between Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-compliant applications, Enterprise Java Beans and application servers.

Real-time Services should be generally available in the fourth quarter of this year. To learn more, click here.

Chen also announced at the keynote that Sybase is hooking up with BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting Inc.) to offer third-party software management.

Typically, customers buy Sybase products and hire their own DBAs and IT integrators, Chen told eWEEK, unless they get Sybase to manage their mobile and wireless environments. "This is, for me, a broadening of our channels," Chen said.

The BearingPoint offering represents a hybrid: a third party to manage any pieces of the software or day-to-day operations a customer wants to hand over, Chen said.

The managed services offering will be available worldwide. It includes a reference architecture comprising applications, infrastructure, a hosting environment, and components for monitoring and maintenance. BearingPoint and Sybase can manage the database, operating system layer and physical infrastructure that the application resides on. Services can be provisioned at the client site or at third-party hosting facilities.

BearingPoint and Sybases partnership will also produce an as-yet-unnamed revenue management system application for the health care industry, Chen said. The application will be a portal that links to insurance providers, medical labs and other data generators and will manage drug administration and other patient information, as well as patient and insurance billing.

Chen said the application will "change the art of writing" for doctors, wholl be able to toss their traditional clipboards in favor of handhelds that will be able to do things such as sync with labs to get real-time blood test results. Today, lab results are still delivered via fax in most hospitals.

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