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Sybase expands data warehousing

The company plans to announce next week that it will acquire a maker of tools for managing data stored in a data warehouse.

Sybase (SYBS) plans to announce next week that it will acquire Intellidex, a maker of tools for managing data stored in a data warehouse.

The move is expected to be the first of several planned acquisitions, analysts said, as Sybase expands its presence in the data warehousing market, one of the few growing high-profit areas for database software makers.

Intellidex makes Warehouse Control Center, a set of tools that shipped last year for managing meta data, the underlying information on where data comes from and what it means. The company's tools let business users query data warehouses using common business terms, according to the company.

Sybase plans to incorporate the tools into its lineup in an effort to become more of a one-stop vendor for businesses looking to build data warehouses, according to the Meta Group which yesterday issued a report on the planned acquisition.

Meta also stated that Sybase is expected to make deals for additional data warehousing technology in the coming months, possibly before month's end. The technology to be acquired may include a data transformation engine, for moving from proprietary formats into a single format, as well as an OLAP (online analytical processing) data analysis tool.

A Sybase representative would not comment on the report.

No terms of the deal were available. Intellidex, based in Winthrop, Massachusetts, employs a staff of 14.

Sybase recently announced a larger than expected fourth quarter loss, due in part to financial turmoil in its Japanese subsidiary. Sybase CEO Mitchell Kertzman has in recent months stated that the company would focus raising revenue through three specific market areas: technologies to support mobile and occasionally connected users; data warehousing and business intelligence; and Internet computing.

Sybase, like competitors Oracle and Informix Software, is suffering from a slowdown in the demand for database server software, and is looking to augment its revenue from other products and market areas.