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Sybase's mobile focus continues

Continuing to court builders of mobile computing applications, Sybase announces plans for a new bundle of its database software.

True to its game plan, Sybase is continuing to court builders of mobile computing applications.

The company today announced SQL Anywhere Studio, a bundle of its database software with design, replication, and administration tools for constructing applications aimed at mobile and occasionally connected users, such as sales personnel.

Sybase management has stated that mobile computing is one of three areas on which the struggling company will focus in coming months. The other areas include data warehousing and Web computing. The company is also adding professional services personnel in an effort to increase its revenue derived from consulting.

After a string of losing quarters, the struggling company is looking for profitable niches. In its three-month reporting period, the company posted a net loss of $29.6 million, or 37 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $66.2 million, or 8 cents a share, for the same period a year ago.

Last week, Sybase announced a new database server designed specifically for banks, insurers, and capital markets called the Sybase Financial Server.

Sybase sees mobile computing as one of its strongholds, despite increased competition from rival Oracle.

The SQL Anywhere Studio bundle, announced today, includes the Adaptive Server Anywhere 6.0 database, Sybase SQL Remote, a data replication tool, Sybase Central management software, SQL Modeler for database modeling, InfoMaker for database query and analysis, PowerDynamo software for Web-enabling database applications, and a set of ODBC and JDBC database drivers.

The package is priced at $399 for one user, or $999 for a 5-user license. SQL Anywhere Studio runs on Windows 95/98, Windows NT, and Novell NetWare.