Raj Nathan of Sybase has been calling around to chat quickly about the SAP/Sybase deal and related matters. Talking with Raj didn’t change any of my initial reactions to SAP’s acquisition of Sybase. I also didn’t bother Raj with too many hard questions, as he was clearly in call-and-reassure mode, reaching out to customers and influencers alike.
- Raj said that Sybase’s Aleri acquisition was, if anything, tracking ahead of expectations.
- Raj didn’t seem the slightest bit focused on the Coral8/Aleri CEP-based BI strategy that John Morell had long championed.
- Raj reminded me that Sybase SQL Anywhere has numerous OEMs, not just on the true desktop/laptop or smaller, but also in a return to its server/workgroup roots. Sybase SQL Anywhere even added geospatial indexing recently.
Raj also spoke glowingly of SAP’s in-memory database technology and the potential for Sybase of same — until I asked a follow-up question. At that point, he confessed that he didn’t really know much about about SAP’s in-memory database technology yet. As I said before, I believe SAP is fairly sincere about its belief that its in-memory database technology will conquer the world — but this is a naive and poorly-founded opinion even so.
One tidbit I did get is that SAP’s in-memory database technology is not just son-of-T-REX. A Korean (Raj thinks) company SAP had acquired is also in the mix. Raj also had the impression SAP’s in-memory technology can do rows, columns, or hybrid structures. On the one hand, that makes sense. On the other, it’s not a perfect fit with what Hasso Plattner said last year.