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Sybase® And Thought Inc.® Partner To Help Customers Simplify Complex Process Of Persisting Relational Data



CocoBase® Enterprise O/R Mapping Technology with EAServer Offers Significant Cost Savings
with up to 85 Percent Reduction In Development Time

Sybase announces a reseller agreement with THOUGHT Inc. to provide CocoBase Enterprise O/R, Object to Relational Mapping Technology to EAServer customers.

  • This new agreement will allow Sybase customers to simplify the process of persisting relational data as CocoBase’s Dynamic Mapping Layer can quickly and easily map, generate and deploy Container Managed Persistence (CMP), Bean Managed Persistence (BMP) or Java Server Pages (JSP) to EAServer.
  • CocoBase and Sybase aim to save EAServer customers time and money by eliminating the need to hard-code database access for Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) Entity Beans and JSP’s – decreasing development time by as much as 85 percent.
  • This announcement supports Sybase's mission of providing an open, modular e-Business platform to customers, providing them with the ability to best leverage their existing technology investments. With the recent announcement of Sybase's EAServer Open Advantage program, Sybase has made it easier than ever for organizations to adopt Sybase technology. Through the Open Advantage program, Sybase offers 50% discounts to organizations that qualify for the program. More information on Sybase's Open Advantage programs can be found online.

(see release on Sybase website)

EMERYVILLE , Calif. , December 17, 2001 -- Sybase, Inc., (NYSE:SY) today announced a reseller agreement with CocoBase Enterprise O/R from THOUGHT Inc., the leader in Object to Relational (O/R) Mapping Technology, to help customers simplify the complex process of persisting relational data by automatically generating CMP and BMP Entity Beans.

In addition to cutting the time it takes to code Container Managed Persistence (CMP) and Bean Managed Persistence (BMP) Entity Beans from approximately 48 minutes to 30 minutes, automatic code generation minimizes debugging and maintenance issues thereby the reducing the overall development effort and cost.

CocoBase’s Dynamic Mapping Layer allows Sybase customers to quickly and easily map, generate and deploy CMP, BMP or Java Server Pages (JSP) to EAServer. CocoBase boosts productivity by eliminating the need to hard-code database access for Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) Entity beans and JSP’s which can decrease development time by as much as 85 percent. This partnership offers substantial cost savings for companies investing heavily in EJB-based application development.

CocoBase Enterprise O/R, Dynamic Mapping for the Enterprise, provides a powerful standard for bridging the chasm between objects used by Sybase EAServer and relational databases. The CocoBase technology is based on a landmark patent issued to THOUGHT Inc. for Repository based Object Mapping. It is the technology and product leader in the Java space.

“We are excited to partner with Sybase to help meet the rapidly changing needs of enterprise application development requirements,” said Ward Mullins, CTO for THOUGHT Inc. “Sybase’s EAServer sets the standard for scalability and overall performance. By providing CMP, BMP Bean Persistence and JSP’s from CocoBase Enterprise O/R to EAServer, we are not only offering customers the opportunity to work with leading technology, but also to benefit from a dramatic cost savings of EJB application development.”

“This partnership is an example of our commitment to provide customers with the very best technology platforms and tools to optimise application development environments,” said Billy Ho, senior vice president and general manager of Sybase’s e-Business Division. “The need to provide tools that aid in the delivery of quality applications is at a peak in the face of tighter budgets and smaller work forces. Sybase strives to work with its partners, such as THOUGHT Inc., to deliver best-in-class technology to help customers increase productivity while reducing costs.”

About EAServer

EAServer is a highly scalable, robust Web application server for e-Portal and Internet business solutions. It offers customers a single point of integration for heterogeneous back-end systems, extending customer business processes to the Web within a secure, reliable environment. EAServer is one of the most flexible, open application servers on the market. EAServer supports major component models (CORBA, ActiveX/COM, EJB, Java, and PowerBuilder), major programming languages (Java, C/C++, Visual Basic, and PowerBuilder), and more than 30 databases. EAServer is the application server that powers the Sybase Enterprise Portal (EP) and the Sybase iAnywhere Wireless Server.

About THOUGHT Inc.

Established in 1993, THOUGHT Inc. is the market leader in Java-based object-oriented Mapping Middleware technology. THOUGHT Inc. has been shipping CocoBase, the patented flagship product and the industry's most advanced framework for accessing legacy data in a distributed application since March of 1997. Since that time, THOUGHT Inc. founders have successfully provided solutions for customers deploying applications on the Worldwide Web and have gained a reputation for excellence in their field. CocoBase is a standards based product relying on such standards as RMI, CORBA, JDBC, EJB, etc. THOUGHT Inc. supports their United States, Europe, Japan, Asia and Australia customers from their San Francisco, California; Paris, France; and Florianopolis, Brazil offices. CocoBase and THOUGHT Inc. are registered trademarks of THOUGHT Inc. CocoBase technology is based on US patent #5857197.

About Sybase, Inc.

Sybase provides enterprise-class software solutions that fuel e-Business and enable access to information anytime, anyplace. With its industry-leading Enterprise Portal (EP), mobile and wireless, and vertical-market solutions, Sybase is one of the largest global independent software companies in the world.

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Sybase and PowerBuilder are registered trademarks of Sybase, Inc. iAnywhere is a trademark of iAnywhere Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. Java, JSP, EJB and Enterprise Java Beans are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. CocoBase and THOUGHT are registered trademarks of THOUGHT, Inc.

Estimated reductions in development time are based upon actual customer observations. Results may vary.

Special Note: Statements concerning Sybase’s new business relationships and related products are by nature forward-looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties and risks and cannot be guaranteed. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include shifts in customer demand, rapid technological changes, availability and quality of third party products, competitive factors and unanticipated delays in scheduled product availability. Some of the risks are detailed from time to time in Sybase’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, copies of which can be viewed on Sybase’s web site.