At Sybase, new 'life beyond the database'

Sybase Inc., founded almost two decades ago, has discovered new 'life beyond the database,' senior spokesman Rick Myllenbeck said this week.

'We're trying to stay light on our feet' with enterprise portals, adaptive and replication servers, and wireless products'plus a new Capitol Hill presence.

Sybase government affairs executive Ed Hearst, a former House committee counsel and Federal Communications Commission attorney, said he will work on the Hill to advance e-government and procurement reform.

In fact, those two topics are intertwined, Sybase regional manager Lisa Paulson said. The reason behind the Office of Management and Budget's pressure for agency architecture plans, she said, is that OMB expects large savings from enterprise software licensing.

The EA push, she said, is all about 'How many use what? Every agency tries to get the best for its groups. Office X has requirements for certain products. Office Y might have the same requirements.'

So, Paulson said, 'You total all the offices from A to Z. 'Maybe you have a 1,000-user license and need only 30 seats. Go for the most economical unit price.'

The Navy-Marine Corps Intranet was one of the best things that ever happened to the Navy, she said, forcing it 'to go count every workstation and laptop and server.'

She credited Army deputy CIO David Borland with pioneering the concept of enterprise licensing in the Defense Department. OMB's Mark Forman is trying to 'do the same thing across the whole federal government,' she said.

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