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PowerBuilder Third-Party
Enable 1.2 and SBE
Enable, a framework-level tool for the localization of PowerBuilder applications, released version 1.2, which introduces Enable Explorer, a powerful runtime utility to view the visual structure of running windows, select and take notes on controls and DataWindow objects, as well as resize/ move them, and translate or modify the translation of each item, including parametric phrases. Explorer can also be deployed to end users. In addition, Enable Extractor, a fast parser, has been enhanced to capture arguments to methods parameters (e.g., 1st and 2nd parameters of Messagebox function calls), and the filter dialog is now easier to use. Among multiple other improvements, Enable now also automatically translates computed fields.

With the release of version 1.2, a Small Business Edition (SBE) with full functionality has also been presented to meet the localization requirements of developers with less complex client/server applications (600 text strings or fewer).

PBL Peeper
10/7 - Techno-Kitten.com added new features to PBL Peeper. It reads folders of export files (this feature may be a little raw, i.e., untested). Command-line parameters are documented in the manual. Otherwise, on the PBLs page, select Export folders under Folder selection and drag a folder either from Explorer or the disk/folder list on the left.

Sybase Corporate
SAP NetWeaver
11/14 - Sybase, Inc., announced that its highly scalable analytics server, Sybase IQ, has received certification for integration with SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI), achieving "Certified for SAP NetWeaver" status. SAP NetWeaver BI, a component of SAP NetWeaver's comprehensive integration and application platform, helps customers integrate data from across the enterprise and beyond, and then transform it into practical, timely business information to drive sound decision-making, targeted action, and solid business results. Sybase IQ is an analytics server that runs on standard hardware and operating systems, especially designed for business intelligence. Combining the power of SAP with Sybase IQ's unsurpassed query performance and storage efficiency for structured and unstructured data, companies can save time, storage capacity, and overall costs.

2005 Mobile Enterprise Company of the Year Award
11/9 - Frost & Sullivan presented Sybase with its 2005 Mobile Enterprise Company of the Year Award. Sybase and its subsidiary, iAnywhere, is credited with introducing the industry's first mobile database for laptops, the first mobile synchronization, and the first small fingerprint database for handheld and memory-constrained devices.

Sybase considers mergers and acquisitions as key to its vision and business strategy. The AvantGo technology acquisition in 2003 helped iAnywhere open its mobile database to Web developers and gain traction in the on-demand mobile applications and consumer content markets. Its May 2004 acquisition of XcelleNet, a specialist in mobile data management, remote device management, and mobile data security, added 2,200 customers to Sybase's customer base and reinforced partner relationships within the mobile ecosystem.

Visual Studio 2005
11/7 - Sybase, Inc., announced its continued and expanded commitment and support for the Microsoft .NET environment. Sybase, a premier partner in the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program, offers development and modeling products that either support or are integrated into the .NET environment, including DataWindow. NET 2.0, PocketBuilder, PowerBuilder, PowerDesigner, and SQL Anywhere. In addition, Sybase is expanding its support for other .NET Framework-based technologies, including Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.0 enterprise-class database, Afaria management and security for mobile platforms, and RFID Anywhere, middleware platform.

Faith Footwear Limited
11/24 - iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., announced that award-winning UK footwear retailer, Faith Footwear Limited, has extended its use of iAnywhere technology with the deployment of iAnywhere Afaria, which has been rolled out throughout head office as well as to 75 Faith stores and 100 plus concessions across the UK.

Afaria has enhanced the remote back-office management and transfer of information between Faith's branch offices and concessions, and its main headquarters including sales figures, inventory details, stock ordering, and customer service information. It has superseded the company's incumbent data management solution - iAnywhere RemoteWare. The latter had been in use at the company for five years when Faith decided to expand the functionality of its back office systems to include a number of additional features.

Advantage Database Server 8.0
11/8 - iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., announced that it's strengthening its database management portfolio with the release of Advantage Database Server 8.0. Advantage Database Server is a full-featured, high-performance client/server data management system targeted toward Borland Delphi and C++ Builder developers. The new features in Advantage Data Architect, Advantage Replication, Advantage Online Backup and SQL scripting will enhance Advantage Database Server 8.0 with ease-of-use, performance and efficiency. The Advantage Database Server was recently acquired by Sybase through its purchase of Extended Systems in October 2005.

Advantage 8.0 provides developers with the functionality they require to easily build scalable business applications with low administration requirements. Major new features include a newly designed Advantage Data Architect, replication support, online backup functionality, and the addition of SQL scripting.

Financial Fusion
Financial Partners, Inc.
11/15 - Financial Fusion, Inc., a Sybase company, announced that Financial Partners, Inc. (FPI), has implemented Financial Fusion's Corporate Banking Solution. FPI has deployed Corporate Banking Solution 2.4 to support a wide range of Farm Credit organizations including their multiple, diverse market segments from smaller businesses to large corporate entities. The new solution was implemented in partnership with DataHouse, a Financial Fusion partner.

This solution allows businesses to manage their accounts, access information services, and perform full-service money movement functions including ACH and wire transfers all with an intuitive user interface.

More Stories By Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (www.get-integrated.com). A charter member of TeamSybase, he has been using PowerBuilder since version 1.0.B. He was a contributing author to SYS-CON's PowerBuilder 4.0 Secrets of the Masters and the editor of SAMs' PowerBuilder 9: Advanced Client/Server Development.

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