SAN FRANCISCO (07/31/2000) - Sybase Inc. kicked off its annual TechWave 2000 conference Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where it trotted out a handful of products and partnerships designed to make it a stronger contender in the business software market.
Faced with intensified competition from rival Oracle Corp., the Emeryville, California-based Sybase has been diversifying its offerings beyond database products and into new areas, including software for building enterprise portals and for distributing data among mobile devices, such as mobile phones and handheld computers.
That theme was continued Monday by John Chen, Sybase chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a speech to about 3,000 customers, partners, analysts and press members estimated by Sybase to be attending the four-day conference. Chen used the speech to highlight some of the following announcements:
-- EAServer 3.6 will ship within 30 days, including full support for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE). The application server will be available in four editions -- developer, small business, advanced and enterprise -- with deployment pricing starting at US$2,995, Sybase said in a written statement about the product.
EAServer 3.5 supported much of the J2EE technology, but the latest version includes support for the entire J2EE platform, which should benefit developers trying to build Web applications that run across all platforms. More information is available at http://www.sybase.com/products/easerver/.
-- Sybase has formed a joint venture with North 22 Technology Services Group (Hong Kong) Ltd. to offer enterprise portal products and services in Asia.
North 22 is the parent company of 8layer.com (Asia) Pvt. Ltd., an ASP (application service provider) serving the region. The joint venture will sell Sybase's Enterprise Portal product, which is used to personalize business data and transactions for specific users.
-- Sybase has become a reseller for Compudigm International Ltd., a New Zealand-based company that makes software for performing visual analysis of large amounts of data. Sybase will resell Compudigm's SeePower software along with its own data warehouse product, Adaptive Server IQ. The products will be targeted at users in various vertical markets, such as financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and the public sector.
-- In November, the company plans to offer a public beta of PowerBuilder version 8.0, with the application development tool slated for commercial release early next year. Pricing wasn't announced. Version 8.0 includes new features for client/server environments, as well as for developers building applications that can be accessed over the Web. The new features include built-in internalization, including double-byte character set support; expanded database support and enhanced autoscripting. Sybase is gathering input from users about features for PowerBuilder version 9.0, although it didn't say when that product is due.
-- The company launched a souped up version of its own Web portal, Sybase.com, which integrates and organizes existing data sources and operational systems, including content, applications for partners, software downloads, online shopping and product manuals. Naturally, the site was built using Sybase's own enterprise portal software.
-- The company also announced a product for telecommunications providers, a market that Sybase has been increasingly targeting. Blessed with the unwieldy name of Telecommunications e-Business Support Systems Portal Plus Intelligence, or Telecom B2B+I, the product was pitched as a pre-built, Web-based package for integrating support system applications.
The initial suite of applications are expected to feature electronic-bill view, analysis and payment; integrated best-of-breed operational CRM (customer relationship management) systems, analytical CRM, and provisioned services notification between carriers and resellers. Pricing and availability weren't announced.
-- Sybase has expanded its relationship with Germany's Intershop Communications AG, which makes e-commerce software for large businesses. Intershop will join Sybase's e-Portal Alliance program, allowing the companies to jointly offer software for building portals and other enterprise applications that integrate commerce functions.
More information about TechWave 2000 is available on the Web at http://www.sybase.com/techwave2000/.
Sybase, in Emeryville, California, can be reached at +1-510-922-3500, or http://www.sybase.com/.