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August 2008 Archives


I get to attend more user group events than I can count throughout the year. Its not often that I find myself still thinking about the event several days after I return. Sybase gave me a lot to ponder this week. The strategy they are bringing to market is original to say the least. I was glad to see the announcement of their Analytic Appliance and had a chance to meet Bhaskar Ballapragada, Chief Technology Officer of AdOn Network who is an early adopter of the platform. Not surprisingly Bhaskar sees value in the speed to deployment and cost per terabyte that the appliance delivers.

Some of the features built in the box include:

  • Powerful Analytics Server: The Sybase IQ column-based database. Sybase IQ requires no special tuning or indexing to deliver query results that are 10 to 100 times faster than traditional row-oriented relational databases.
  • Fast Data-Loading for Timelier Analysis: ETL is fully integrated into the system, enabling new data to be rapidly loaded into Sybase Analytic Appliance and ensuring that analyses and queries employ fresh, current data.
  • Data Modeling Tool: The appliance offers fast time-to-value by reading the source data warehouse schemas and automatically generating the target appliance schema. Optional data models for the financial, healthcare, banking, insurance and telecommunications industries are also available.
  • Server and Storage Technology: Based on IBM Power Systems technology and POWER6TM, customers can benefit from off-the-shelf components to add capacity easily. The appliance also offers a high-availability architecture with redundant hot-swap components and Level 5 RAID for resilient data protection.
  • Business Intelligence Software: A 10-user license of MicroStrategy® business intelligence software for reporting, analysis and monitoring is included, allowing users with even basic skills to create a broad range of reports simply.
  • Unified Appliance Console: The integrated console includes DBA and system management tools and provides easy-to-use GUIs for permissions, monitoring, diagnostics, trouble-shooting and other administrative functions. For companies that require zero-administration, remote management services are also available.
  • Fast Backup and Restore: Sybase Analytic Appliance provides high-speed backup and restore for system reliability.

Sybase TechWave Site

Tags: Sybase, TechWave, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Sybase IQ

Posted August 8, 2008 10:19 AM
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Sybase has been pounding the drum of the Unwired Enterprise for several years now and John Chen Chairman, CEO and President kept that theme going strong this morning as he kicked off the TechWave event here in Las Vegas. Over 1200 attendees from 42 different countries are present and accounted for.


Sybase continues its string of growth having added 200 Sybase IQ customers this past year and 1239 new ASE clients. These successes and others contributed to 16% growth for Sybase last year on just over a billion in revenue (1,093m).

I have to admit while most business intelligence vendors are offering some type of mobile solution I tend to think of them as a luxury not a necessity. Sybase has a completely different view and strategy. They are investing heavily in the unwired enterprise and see a future where smart phones and other devices go beyond simply browsing for reports to putting tools in the hands of business users. The ability to send an application an SMS command and set off a series of business processes is intriguing. The example given this morning was good; when you want to to find out your bank balance who wants to go to the bank website, login, scroll around click, and then search a page to get what you want on a mobile device? Wouldn't it be better to send a command to an application and simply get the response? Sybase is banking on you wanting the second scenario. Dr. Raj Nathan senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Worldwide Marketing and Business Solutions Operations spoke today as well and completed the thought when he reminded us of the Millenium generation that is speeding towards the workforce with a whole new set of communication demands. These demands will cause us to organize our data and architecture in a brand new way to serve the needs of these new knowledge workers but more importantly as the demands jumps beyond the firewall to partners and clients we are all going to have to get unwired fast.

Sybase TechWave Site

Tags: Sybase, TechWave, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Sybase IQ

Posted August 5, 2008 11:45 AM
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Probably should be filed under "things that make you go hmmmmm" An interesting if not critical view of the analyst world.

How the analyst racket works by Paul Boutin at ValleyWag

Posted August 3, 2008 1:57 PM
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