Application tool distributor hands Sybase a longer line

Tool and application server maker Sybase Inc. has extended the reach of its products in Canada through an agreement with a software distributor.

Lifeboat Distribution of Shrewsbury, N.J., which has a reseller arm based in Mississauga, Ont., has agreed to carry the entire line of Sybase

application development tools, the companies have announced.

Until now only Lifeboat carried the company’s PowerDesigner enterprise modeling tool and EAServer application server. Added to its lineup are Sybase’s PowerBuilder rapid application development tools.

“”We’re very excited about it,”” said Steve McNamara, vice-president and general manager of Lifeboat Distribution Canada.

“”We’ve had several requests”” for the other Sybase applications, he said.

Lifeboat has “”hundreds”” of resellers in this country, McNamara said. In addition, it reaches end users through its direct selling arm, Programmer’s Paradise, which has been carrying the entire Sybase line for some time.

Lifeboat says it stocks over 2000 programming and development tools from over 200 software publishers.

At the same time Sybase announced the release of new versions of some of its applications.

PowerDesigner 10.0 now supports the latest versions of relational databases from Oracle and IBM, an interface to SIMUL8’s simulation tool and includes Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) round-trip engineering support.

It also supports Model Driven Architecture (MDA) across the entire tool. Sybase says this means data modelers and business process modelers can customize MDA to meet their specific methodologies.

Prices start at US$995.

Pocket PowerBuilder 1.5, a mobile and wireless application tool for Pocket PC applications, now includes native support for fingerprint recognition technology.

EAServer 5.0 offers easier install and configuration with the use of wizards, Sybase said, as well as fully configurable caching and load-balancing options.

Prices start at US$3,000.

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Currently a freelance writer. Former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, Howard has written for several of ITWC's sister publications, including Before arriving at ITWC he served as a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times.

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