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Sybase, a SAP company[1]
Subsidiary of SAP
Industry Computer software
Founded Berkeley, California (1984)
Headquarters Dublin, California
Key people
Suvro Ghosh, CEO
Products List of Sybase products
Revenue No longer reported
Number of employees
3,576 (2012)
Sybase headquarters in Dublin, California.

Sybase is an enterprise software and services company that produces software to manage and analyze information in relational databases. Sybase is a standalone subsidiary of SAP.[2]


  • Subsidiaries 1
  • History 2
  • Products 3
  • User groups 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


  • Sybase 365
  • Sybase 365 Mobile


  • 1984: Mark Hoffman, Bob Epstein of Britton Lee, Inc., Jane Doughty, and Tom Haggin found Sybase (initially as Systemware) in Epstein’s home in Berkeley, California. Their first commercial location was half of an office suite on Dwight Avenue in Berkeley. They set out to create a relational database management system (RDBMS) that would organize information and make it available to computers within a network.
  • March 1986: Sybase enters into talks with Microsoft to license DataServer, a database product built to run on UNIX computers. Those talks led to a product called Ashton-Tate/Microsoft SQL Server 1.0, which shipped in May of 1989. [3]
  • 1986: Sybase ships its first test programs.
  • 1987: Sybase formally releases the Sybase system, the first high-performance RDBMS for online applications providing the Human Genome Project with licenses for the first generation of client-server relational databases. Rather than having a vast central bank of data stored in a large mainframe computer, the Sybase System provided for a client-server computer architecture. Sybase called the database server "Sybase SQL Server".
  • 1988: Sybase, Microsoft, and Ashton-Tate port the Sybase RDBMS to the OS/2 platform. Microsoft markets the new product as SQL Server. The terms of the agreement give Microsoft a license to Sybase's SQL Server code. Ashton-Tate soon drops out. Sybase SQL Server version 4.9 and Microsoft SQL Server 6.0 & 6.5 are virtually identical. Their Transact-SQL (T-SQL) procedural language is very similar, as is the basic process architecture. The main difference is Sybase has a Unix heritage, while Microsoft SQL Server was adapted and optimized originally for OS/2, then for the Microsoft Windows 3.0, and later Windows NT operating system. Sybase and Microsoft later split the code-lines and went their own way due to disagreements over revenue sharing.
  • October 1989: Sybase releases additional products, introducing the Sybase Open Client-Server Interfaces—new software programs that provided generic client-server communication, allowing for greater connectivity within computer networks.
  • 1989: Sybase achieves sales of $56 million and becomes unprofitable during the 1990s.
  • August 1991: Sybase goes public at a split adjusted price of $6.75.
  • June 1992: Sybase announces its latest generation of software—named the System 10 product family; these programs were designed to provide a framework for companies to switch over their computer operations from older mainframe models to client-server systems.
  • 1993: Sybase and Microsoft dissolve their partnership. Microsoft bought the SQL Server code base from Sybase. Sybase launches Replication Server, a data replication technology that moves and synchronizes data across the enterprise.
  • April 1993: Sybase introduced the first component of System 10, called OmniSQL Gateway. This program connected the various parts of a computer network, enabling users to access data changes made within the network. Later that year, Sybase completed its rollout of the System 10 components used to manage computer systems: SQL Server 10 and Back-up Server; Open Client-Server APIs; SQL Monitor and SA Companion.
  • 1994: Sybase acquires Powersoft, the leading maker of development tools for client-server computing, with 40 percent of that market. Through the deal, Sybase acquired PowerBuilder, a rapid application development (RAD) tool and Powersoft’s leading product. The acquisition also marked the basis of Sybase’s entry into the enterprise mobility market with Watcom SQL, which Sybase renamed SQL Anywhere. When Sybase launched its mobility subsidiary, Sybase iAnywhere, in 2000, SQL Anywhere became its flagship relational database management system (RDBMS) and helped the company to become the leader of the mobile database market. Powersoft had acquired Watcom earlier that year.
  • 1995: Sybase launches PowerDesigner, a modeling and metadata management solution, following its acquisition of PowerAMC.
  • 1995 Sybase renames the main product SQL Server to its current name Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) for version 11.5. Anywhere 5 is released. It includes SQL Remote, SQL Central, Transact SQL syntax, and support for the Sybase Replication Server.
  • In 1996, Mitchell Kertzman, Powersoft CEO, was appointed CEO of Sybase. Sybase launched Sybase IQ, the first column-based analytics platform.
  • 1997: Sybase’s flagship database product Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) starts its life in the mid-eighties as "Sybase SQL Server". Microsoft is a Sybase distributor, reselling the Sybase product for OS/2 and NT under the name "Microsoft SQL Server." Around 1994, Microsoft begins independently developing its own product. When Sybase releases version 11.5 in 1997, Sybase renames its product to "Adaptive Server Enterprise" to better distinguish itself from MS SQL Server.
  • January 1998: Sybase announced that it had found inconsistencies in profits reporting from its Japanese division, and would restate the financial results for the company for the last three quarters of 1997.[4] Five executives in Sybase's Japanese subsidiary were found to have used side letters to artificially inflate the profits from their operations. Following a class-action lawsuit,[5] the five executives involved were fired.
  • November 1998: John S. Chen is appointed Chairman, CEO and President.[6]
  • 1998: SQL Anywhere 6 released, with new names Adaptive Server Anywhere as the engine and part of the SQL Anywhere Studio, which now includes SQL Modeler (later PowerDesigner), Java is introduced to the database.
  • 2000: Sybase returns to profitability under the management of John S. Chen. iAnywhere Solutions, Inc. is founded as a subsidiary of Sybase.
  • 2001: Sybase acquires New Era of Networks, a leading application integration company that produces the e-Biz Integrator middleware, though it stops offering this product in 2004.
  • 2003: Sybase launches the “Unwired Enterprise” strategy.[7]
  • 2004: Sybase acquires XcelleNet, frontline device management software based in Georgia, to enhance its Unwired Enterprise strategy.
  • 2005: Sybase releases ASE 15.0.
  • August 2006: iAnywhere announces release of SQL Anywhere 10.
  • November 2006: Sybase acquires Mobile 365, a mobile data and messaging company, and renames it Sybase 365.
  • 2007: Sybase crossed the $1 billion mark.[8]
  • 2008: Sybase releases Adaptive Server Enterprise, Cluster Edition, with Oracle RAC-like shared-everything clusterability, but based on an open architecture and less costly. Sybase launches RAP – The Trading Edition, an analytics platform for Wall Street. In August of the same year, Sybase promoted the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP), a platform for developing mobile applications across a heterogeneous environment. In September 2008, Sybase 365 expanded its messaging interoperability with the launch of its global Multimedia Messaging Exchange, MMX 365.
  • May 2008, the Sybase IQ analytics server set a new Guinness World Record by powering the world’s largest data warehouse.[9]
  • August 2008: Sybase unveils the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP), a platform for developing mobile applications across a heterogeneous environment.
  • September 2008: Sybase 365 expands its messaging interoperability with the launch of its global Multi-media Messaging Exchange, MMX 365.
  • January 2009, Sybase acquires mPayment solutions provider paybox.[10] In March 2009, Sybase and SAP partnered to deliver the new SAP Business Suite software to iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and other devices. In September 2009, Sybase and Verizon partnered to manage mobility solutions for enterprises worldwide through Verizon’s Managed Mobility Solutions, which uses Sybase’s enterprise device management platform. Gartner reported that Sybase gained market share in the database industry.
  • March 2009: Sybase and SAP partner to deliver the SAP Business Suite software to iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and other devices.
  • May 2009: Sybase begins packaging MicroStrategy business intelligence software with its Sybase IQ server.[11]
  • September 2009: Sybase and Verizon partner to manage mobility solutions for enterprises worldwide through Verizon’s Managed Mobility Solutions, which uses Sybase’s enterprise device management platform.
  • May 2010: SAP announced that it would be acquiring Sybase for $5.8 billion.[12]
  • July 2010: SAP completes tender offer for shares of Sybase and its acquisition.[13]
  • August 2010: Sybase partners with telecommunications partners to offer the world's first fully operational IPX Voice hub.[14]
  • September 2010: Sybase 365 becomes one of the largest independent (non-telco) exchanges for text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages by delivering more than 1 trillion messages - equivalent to 32,000 per second for an entire year.[15]
  • November 2010: Sybase and Verizon deliver Mobile Services Enablement Platform to reduce the complexity for enterprises to develop and deploy mobile apps, even if they have diverse back-end software and user devices (i.e. multiple brands and platforms of smartphones and tablets).[16] The need appears to be there: 90% of IT managers plan to deploy new mobile apps and one in two believe that successfully managing mobile apps will top their priority list, according to a January survey sponsored by Sybase.[17]
  • 2011: Sybase IQ is positioned in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner's 2011 Data Ware House Database Management System Magic Quadrant.[18]
  • February 2011: Sybase is positioned in Leaders quadrant in Gartner's 2011 Data Warehouse Database Management System Magic Quadrant.[18]
  • July 2011: Sybase awarded Best CEP Provider and Best Enterprise Data Management Provider at the Water Rankings Awards.[19]
  • September 2011: Sybase Celebrates 20-Year PowerBuilder Milestone.[20]
  • November 2011: Sybase integrates statistical programming language R in Sybase RAP for Capital Markets Analytics.[21]
  • February 2012: Sybase 365 Recognized by Juniper Research among leaders in the Future of Mobile Commerce.[22] Sybase is designated a Leader in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse DBMS.[23]
  • October 2012: All Sybase employees are incorporated into SAP's workforce.
  • November 2012: After leading Sybase for 15 years, Sybase CEO and President John S. Chen leaves Sybase following the completion of Sybase's integration into SAP.


Sybase works with companies in infrastructure, data storage and virtualization to optimize technologies for delivery into public and virtual private cloud environments that provide greater technology availability and flexibility to Sybase customers looking to unwire their enterprise. Sybase has a strong presence in the financial services,[24] telecommunications, technology, and government markets.[25]

Sybase's main products include:

Data Management Products

  • Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) - Enterprise Class RDBMS, with a data analytics warehouse system.
  • Advantage Database Server (ADS) - Relational Database Management System
  • Sybase Replication Server - a platform for data replication and movement between database systems, including Sybase and Oracle, a vendor-neutral data-movement system

Analytics Products

Mobility Products

  • SQL Anywhere - RDBMS with a small footprint designed for mobility
  • Afaria - Mobile device management and security software
  • Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) - a framework for developing mobile applications that SAP is using both as a development platform and a device management system[26]
  • SMS Ad Exchange - an SMS mobile advertising service.
  • GRX 365 - network performance and security
  • mBanking 365 - a mobile banking product
  • MMS 365 - a content delivery gateway
  • MMX 365 - a messaging exchange
  • Sybase 365 mCommerce Solution - for the mobile messaging and mobile commerce markets, an end-to-end solution for mBanking, mPayments and mRemittance


Sybase offers products for several operating systems:

Boeing's Spatial Query Server (SQS)

Sybase partnered with The Boeing Company to develop and license SQS.

  • SQS enables a Sybase ASE Database to optimally store and query data that represents objects defined in a geometric space. SQS is a spatial database.

User groups

There are many Sybase-centric user groups around the world. The International Sybase User Group (ISUG), with members in more than 60 countries, acts as an umbrella organization for these groups, providing logistical support for user group meetings and other events.


  1. ^ "'"Explanation why 'an' is grammatically correct because S-A-P is pronounced to begin with the vowel sound 'es. 
  2. ^ "Senior Management Team". Sybase. 
  3. ^ "Building the Billion Dollar Database: Microsoft SQL Server Climbs to New Heights". 
  4. ^ Magee, Mike. "Sybase to restate following Japanese accounting scandal". Incisive Media. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Class Action Filed Against Sybase, Inc. AllegingFinancial Fraud". Business Wire. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sybase CEO John Chen shares inside look at China's influence". USA Today. 2009-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Sybase Announces Unwired Enterprise Initiative". PowerBuilder Developer's Journal. November 20, 2003. 
  8. ^ Farber, Dan (January 24, 2008). "Sybase: The next big target for acquisition?". ZDNet. 
  9. ^ "Sybase and Sun Set Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Data Warehouse" (Press release). May 14, 2008. 
  10. ^ Sybase acquires mPayment solutions provider paybox
  11. ^ "Sybase and MicroStrategy Team Up to Dramatically Reduce Time for Implementation of Business Analytics" (Press release). Sybase. May 12, 2009. 
  12. ^ "SAP to Acquire Sybase, Inc" (Press release). SAP. 
  13. ^ SAP Completes Tender Offer for Shares of Sybase, Inc.
  14. ^ "Sybase 365 and Telecom New Zealand International in World First, Enable CSL and dtac to Exchange Voice Traffic over IPX Voice Hub" (Press release). Sybase. August 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ Dudley, William. "Mid-Year Global Messaging Traffic Update". 
  16. ^ "Sybase Powers Latest Verizon Managed Mobility Offering Transforming Global Enterprises" (Press release). Sybase. November 11, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Kelton survey". Sybase. 
  18. ^ a b "Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems" (Press release). Gartner RAS. February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sybase Wins Prestigious Waters Rankings Awards for Consecutive Years - MarketWatch". 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Sybase Celebrates 20-Year PowerBuilder Milestone". 
  21. ^ "New R Support Offers the Power of Predictive, Real-Time, and Historical Data Analytics with a Single Data Management Platform". 
  22. ^ "Future Mobile Awards for M-Commerce Winners". 
  23. ^ "Data Warehouse Database Management Systems Magic Quadrant Report". 
  24. ^ [2]
  25. ^ Applications of Sybase Technology in Government
  26. ^ Cindi Howson, InformationWeek. " SAP Steps Up Mobile, Cloud And In-Memory Commitments." December 19, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.

External links

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