Sybase Inc. is an enterprise software and services company exclusively focused on managing and mobilizing information.
Sybase became the number two database system behind Oracle, after making a deal with Microsoft to share the source code for Microsoft to remarket on the OS/2 platform as "SQL Server". At the time, Sybase called the database server "Sybase SQL Server". Until version 4.9, Sybase and Microsoft SQL server were virtually identical. Due to disagreements between the two companies over revenue sharing (or lack thereof), Sybase and Microsoft decided to split the code-lines and went their own way, although the shared heritage is very evident in the Transact-SQL (T-SQL) procedural language as well as the basic process architecture. The big difference is that Sybase has a Unix heritage, while Microsoft was adapted and optimized only for the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. Sybase continues to offer versions for Windows, several varieties of Unix, and for Linux.
Sybase suffered a major downturn in fortune in the late 1990s when Informix started outselling it by a wide margin. However, Informix was later acquired by IBM in 2001, and no longer competed as an independent company. In November 2005, a book written by a long time Informix employee was released that chronicled the battle between Sybase and Informix.
As of 2006, Oracle is the leader in the database market share by revenue, followed by IBM, and then Sybase's own offspring, Microsoft SQL Server. Sybase is well behind its major competitors in the enterprise database market, with 3% market share.. Investment banking is one of Sybase's largest client bases, where optimized installations of ASE and tuned procedures still provide the biggest bang for the footprint
Sybase has recently returned to profitability under the management of John Chen, and continues to reinvent itself with a new 'Unwired Enterprise' strategy. The 'Unwired Enterprise' vision is about allowing companies to deliver data to mobile devices in the field as well as traditional desktops, and combines technology from Sybase's existing data management products with its new mobility products. Sybase has expanded into the mobile and wireless space through buyouts of smaller networking and wireless companies, such as AvantGo, and expansion into the Asian market, specifically China. Through its mobility subsidiary, launched in 2000, Sybase iAnywhere, Sybase has become the leader of the mobile database market with SQL Anywhere.
Sybase makes a number of other data management products including Sybase IQ, a data warehouse system, Powerbuilder a client-server and n-tier application development system, m-Business Server, a mobile applications system based on the AvantGo service, and Replication Server, a vendor-neutral data movement system. Sybase has a strong presence in the health care and financial markets.
- 1965: The WATFOR FORTRAN compiler was initially developed for the IBM 7040 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
- 1981: The company Watcom was founded by Mr. Ian McPhee.
- 1984: Sybase (initially called Systemware) founded by Mark Hoffman and Bob Epstein out of Epstein's home in California.
- 1984: For a few months, Sybase (still called Systemware) shares a suite of offices with Cimtec, Inc., in Berkeley, California.
- 1988: Sybase goes into partnership with Microsoft to port SQL Server to Windows and OS/2
- 1988: The PACEBase SQL Database System was released as part of the Watcom Information Workbench.
- August 1991: Sybase goes public at a split adjusted price of $6.75.
- 1992: Watcom SQL3 became commercially available.
- 1993: Sybase and Microsoft dissolved their partnership. Microsoft bought the Windows code base from Sybase.
- 1994: Powersoft bought Watcom.
- November 14, 1994: Sybase acquires Powersoft.
- 1995: Renames the main product SQL Server to its current name Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) for version 11.5.
- 1995: SQL Anywhere 5 was released. In included SQL Remote, SQL Central, Transact SQL syntax, and support for the Sybase Replication Server.
- July 1996: Mark Hoffman steps down as CEO due to disappointing earnings and Sybase appoints Mitchell Kertzman as CEO
- October 1998: John Chen appointed Chairman, President, and CEO.
- 1998: SQL Anywhere 6 released, with new names "Adaptive Server Anywhere" as the engine and part of the "SQL Anywhere Studio" which now included SQL Modeler (later PowerDesigner), Java introduced to the database.
- 2000: IAnywhere Solutions, Inc was founded as a subsidiary of Sybase.
- June 20, 2001: Sybase acquires New Era of Networks.
- February 28, 2003: Sybase acquires AvantGo.
- September 12, 2005: Sybase releases ASE 15.0.
- August 7, 2006: iAnywhere announces release of SQL Anywhere 10
- November 8, 2006: Sybase completes the purchase of Mobile 365
- February, 2008: Sybase releases Adaptive Server Enterprise, Cluster Edition, with Oracle RAC-like shared-everything clusterability.
The following is a list of Sybase's main products:
- Sybase 365 - Sybase 365 is the world leader in mobile messaging services, and reaches more than 2.2 billion mobile users globally—77 percent of the world’s subscribers. From the delivery and settlement of mobile messaging interoperability to the management and distribution of mobile content via SMS, MMS, WAP and UMTS, Sybase 365 has the market covered. Sybase 365 processes more than 8 billion messages monthly and is solidly positioned between mobile operators, enterprises, global brands, and mobile content providers. The company provides true enterprise mobility—the ability to access any information, anywhere, at any time.
- Sybase iAnywhere - iAnywhere is a leading provider of mobile enterprise, database and RFID software technologies. Backed by more than 20 years of expertise, our technology has been selected by 81 Fortune 100 companies to solve mobile, distributed and remote enterprise computing challenges. They have worldwide market leadership positions in mobile and embedded databases, mobile management and security, mobile middleware and synchronization, and Bluetooth® and infrared protocol technologies.
There are many Sybase-centric user groups around the world. The International Sybase User Group
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Sybase Inc. is partnered with The Boeing Company who licenses Spatial Query Server. Spatial Query Server spatially enables a Sybase ASE Database.
- SQS Boeing's Spatial Query Server
Information Management Leadership
- Visionary Quadrant in Data Warehouse DBMS Magic Quadrant - Sybase IQ
- Leadership Quadrant in Modeling Magic Quadrant - PowerDesigner
- Leading database vendor to such key segments as Capital Markets and Telecommunications
- LinuxWorld award for best database – ASE
- New transaction processing performance record on the leading TPC-C benchmark – ASE on Linux
- TPC-H price performance leader – Sybase IQ
- 50,000+ customers; 90 of the Fortune 100
Information Mobility Leadership
- No.1 in world for mobile device management software for 6th consecutive year
- Leadership Quadrant in Multi-channel Access Gateway Magic Quadrant
- Visionary Quadrant in Enterprise Wireless E-Mail Market Magic Quadrant
- Global leader in messaging, with 700+ Mobile Operator connections
- Process 60% of inter-operator SMS domestic traffic and 50% of inter-operator MMS domestic traffic
- 20,000+ mobility customers; 81 of the Fortune 100