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Five Minute Briefing - SAP
May 27, 2009

Published in conjunction with the Independent SAP Technical User Group (formerly the International Sybase User Group), this monthly publication contains news, market research, insight for the SAP user community, as well as ISUG-TECH news and information.

News Flashes

Appeon Corporation has announced the latest version of Appeon for PowerBuilder, a leading web-enablement solution for Sybase PowerBuilder. Appeon for PowerBuilder provides a fast and low cost approach to web-enabling PowerBuilder applications, and according to Appion, version 6.2 is the most powerful and flexible version to date, offering enhanced PowerBuilder support, an updated user interface, and expanded platform support.

Sybase, Inc. has announced an initiative targeting developers that will enable enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud computing model to develop, test and deploy various classes of applications including transactional, analytics and mobile applications using Sybase server infrastructure.

Coming off a record quarter as well as reporting 2008 revenues and operating income that reached all-time highs, it wasn't surprising that it was a packed house of analysts attending the by-invitation-only proceedings at Sybase Analyst Day on May 13. With the hum of another "up" day taking place on the ground-floor trading level of the New York Stock Exchange at 11 Wall Street, Dr. Raj Nathan, Sybase senior vice president and chief marketing officer, gave the keynote address. In a wide-ranging overview of the company's strategic direction and product offerings, which defined the company's "standard of success" for the future, Nathan laid out a future direction for the company that is unique in its focus on both strength in analytics and core participation in the mobility market-building on the capabilities already successfully put into place. Nathan mapped out the Sybase view of the Unwired Enterprise and strategy of integrating information sourced "from any data source, any server platform and any application," transformed through analytics into actionable information, then pushed out to any person, anywhere and always available.

Sybase, Inc., has entered into a new agreement with MicroStrategy Incorporated, a provider of business intelligence software. Sybase will offer integrated packaging and pricing in an exclusive promotion on MicroStrategy products when sold with its Sybase IQ analytics server.

Sybase, Inc., has announced the latest version of Sybase Replication Server, specifically designed to move and synchronize data across the enterprise. Some of the key megatrends in the industry that helped to form the product strategy for Replication Server 15 include the pressures on organizations caused by burgeoning data volumes combined with customers' increasing requirements for real-time business analytics, Bill Zhang, product manager for Replication Server, Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Additionally, he adds, "we are seeing ongoing global adoption of business applications that drive very strong demand in terms of how to integrate data in heterogeneous environments."