[January 16, 2006]

Sybase to diversify portfolio to Linux, RFID

( Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)US software supplier Sybase (NYSE: SY) is looking to expand its product offering beyond databases in Mexico and is in search of distribution partners to help it sell solutions in the areas of business intelligence, RFID and Linux, online news service Infochannel reported.

Currently databases make up 80% of Sybase's sales in Mexico. However, Sybase is keen to penetrate the Mexican market with solutions it has inherited over the last two years through the acquisitions of companies such as AvantGo, Dejima and Excellent, Sybase's vice president for Latin America Tom Conlan was reported as saying.

As part of the company's expansion strategy it will open an office in Monterrey. According to Sybase Mxico's CEO Alejandro Uras, the company expects that with a bolstered channel partner network it will be able to better target the corporate and government sectors.

Sybase is already working closely with the state and municipal IT management committee CIAPEM as the company has administrative solutions designed for improving public services and dealing with the public, Uras said.

Sybase is working with IBM in the development of Linux platforms designed for the government.

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