Barney's Blog

Blog archive

So Long Sybase

Sybase is (or was) one interesting company. Founded in 1984, two of the founders, Bob Epstein and Stu Hoffman, quickly became among the most accessible and honest business leaders. SQL Server was brand new, giving Oracle and all the other DBMS players fits.

Then Sybase crafted a deal with Microsoft and Ashton-Tate, a deal finalized behind closed doors at Esther Dyson's PC Forum (I was there, just not behind the doors).

Ashton-Tate quickly fell out as it failed to deliver a truly-SQL compatible version of dBase that would front-end SQL Server.

That left Microsoft with what was essentially a full PC server version of SQL Server. Sybase's thinking, apparently, was databases running on PC-based servers were a small slice of the market. So what's the harm giving one to Redmond?

Things turned out differently as Microsoft used Sybase's own code against it, and Sybase ultimately moved away from the pure DBMS space and deftly maneuvered into data warehousing and mobile tools. The transition went so well that SAP just ponied up nearly $6 billion to buy Sybase. Not too shabby.

Will you miss Sybase, and if so, why? Answers welcome at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on May 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM


Featured

  • Silver Pins

    Microsoft Teams Sprawl: What It Is and How Partners Can Fix It

    Microsoft Teams is having its boom period and the remote-work revolution is driving it. But for many organizations, that hasn't been without its downsides.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 Hits 'General Availability'

    Microsoft's Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 hit the "general availability" milestone on Tuesday, according to the company.

  • Notebook

    Sikich Acquires Gold Microsoft Dynamics Partner PA Group USA

    There's some consolidation happening in the Microsoft Dynamics space this week, with Sikich LLP announcing its plan to acquire Dynamics specialist PA Group USA.