BearingPoint adds Sybase support to app service

IT services provider BearingPoint Inc. now manages enterprise applications running on Sybase Inc. databases, the companies announced Tuesday.

As part of its existing application management offering, BearingPoint now provides implementation, monitoring and hosting of versions of PeopleSoft Inc. enterprise applications whose underlying database is from Sybase, Ira Entis, managing director in BearingPoint's managed services group. "What's new is the opportunity to support Sybase clients," he said.

Although it is starting with PeopleSoft, BearingPoint will later expand to enterprise applications from other vendors that use Sybase databases, he said. BearingPoint can manage the applications from the client's site or from an external hosting facility, he said.

The PeopleSoft/Sybase managed application service from BearingPoint is now available worldwide. Entis declined to provide pricing information, saying prices vary widely depending on the scope and nature of the service engagement.

Before supporting Sybase software, BearingPoint already provided this service for enterprise applications that use other competing databases, such as the ones from Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp., he said.

BearingPoint, in McLean, Virginia, and Sybase, in Dublin, California, decided to join hands on this effort now because they recently discovered there is a big opportunity to market this managed service to clients with substantial investments in Sybase software, he said. "In discussions we had, we saw an opportunity we didn't necessarily see earlier," he said.

The decision to support PeopleSoft applications first is related to the uncertainty PeopleSoft users feel in light of Oracle's multibillion dollar unsolicited offer to acquire that software vendor, he said.

BearingPoint feels this managed service might be attractive for companies that use PeopleSoft on Sybase databases and might want to migrate to another enterprise application vendor, such as SAP, if Oracle succeeds in its takeover attempts, he said.

By outsourcing the application management to BearingPoint, these companies would be able to delegate such a migration on BearingPoint and not have to devote resources and time to it themselves, he said.

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