is shrinking its already diminutive Adaptive Server Anywhere
database down to palmtop size.
The company today gave developers a peek at what it terms a small
"fingerprint" version of the database intended for Windows CE-based mobile
devices, such as the Palm PC and the Auto PC.
The company previewed the database at Microsoft's Windows CE Developers
Conference in San Jose, California. The database software is expected to ship later this
Sybase, along with Oracle and Microsoft, is investing additional
development dollars into building software intended for mobile applications.
Oracle is also building a Windows CE-based version of its Oracle Lite
database software, expected to debut later this year.
Another database maker, Pervasive Software, is targeting the
embedded systems market with its Pervasive.SQL database server software.
The company has not yet announced a Windows CE version, but company
spokesman John Wilkinson said Pervasive is "absolutely interested in that
area, and we have an eye on the mobile arena."
Sybase and Oracle are faced with a saturated market for Unix-based software,
the cash cow which has propelled database sales in the past. Looking for a new
cash cow, the companies are pounding the pavement hawking mobile versions
of their databases--and a dose
of consulting--to companies that are building networks to link increasing numbers of
mobile workers to the home office.
The Windows CE version of Adaptive Server Anywhere is intended to allow
companies to deploy business information stored in massive databases to
small mobile devices which have limited memory and storage resources.
The company plans to offer the new database software as an option to its
Adaptive Server Anywhere database. A beta version of Adaptive Server
Anywhere for Windows CE will ship in the second quarter, with the product's shipment
slated for later this year, Sybase said.
While Adaptive Server Anywhere is expected to appeal to Sybase's user base,
at least one analyst said that buyers will find prewritten
applications for Windows CE even more appealing. "For a Sybase shop,
committed to Sybase, this
is interesting. But most people are asking for applications that they can
use out-of-the-box," Rob Tholemeier, an analyst with First Albany, said.