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Sybase buys warehouse help

Sybase says it acquired an Ireland-based developer of industry-specific analysis tools which the company will combine with its data warehouse offerings.

Sybase today said it acquired an Ireland-based developer of industry-specific analysis tools which the company will combine with its data warehouse offerings.

The purchase of Data Warehouse Networks by Sybase enables the Emeryville, California-based company's Business Intelligence Division to provide customers with data warehousing applications that are customized for a variety of vertical industries, the company said.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The acquisition of Data Warehouse Network will provide Sybase with a host of packaged applications for vertical industries. These include: retail banking, credit cards, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, distribution, retail, and utilities.

As the data warehouse industry continues to evolve, organizations are demanding increasingly specialized business intelligence tools, according to Sybase. The company has identified data warehousing as one of its key business areas for growth.

Each package contains industry data models that reflect common treatments of industry specific criteria such as workflow, measurements, reporting requirements, terminology and data types, as well as a common physical database design.

Combined with Sybase Warehouse Studio, the company's data warehouse offering, the applications are now the cornerstone of Sybase's new Business Intelligence Division, the company said.

"By merging these two leading-edge technologies, we are integrating proven, industry-specific business intelligence applications with our database-independent data warehouse infrastructure," said Eric Miles, senior vice president and general manager of the Business Intelligence Division, in a statement. "This enables line-of-business managers to make strategic, knowledge-based decisions across database environments."