May 25, 2010 – Sybase, Inc. – soon to be Sybase, an SAP company – announced a new iteration of Sybase IQ that brings full text search, query federation and Web-enabled analytics in to a columnar-based architecture.

Release 15.2 is the first analytical database system to include built in text search and analysis, says Seth Grimes, president of analytics strategy consultancy for market research firm Alta Plana. It’s the first analytical database engine where unstructured enterprise content can be queried alongside fielded, numerical data.

Grimes added that while there are quite a few text-analytics providers and other “big data” analytical database platforms, Sybase is unique in how it brings text in-database alongside numerical data to support integrated enterprise analytics.

Enterprise-level analytics technology is now in a place where it’s being embraced by the business community, says Tom Traubitz, director of Sybase IQ Product Marketing. And, it’s transforming from a stand alone process to increasingly enterprise-enabled and connected analytics engines with this new version of Sybase IQ.

Forrester Senior Analyst Jim Kobielus emphasized that Sybase IQ’s new features enable the database to be deployed into a broader range of business intelligence, data warehousing and advanced analytics environments.

Beyond its new search capabilities, Sybase 15.2 deepens the product’s already considerable support for in-database data mining by embedding partner statistical-analysis libraries in support of Association Rules, Bayes Naive Classifier and Neural Networks, says Kobileus.

“Forrester expects to see Sybase continue to broaden the range of partner embedded statistical models embedded in IQ, including expanded libraries for data mining, text mining, sentiment analysis, semantic analysis, geospatial analysis, complex event processing, social media monitoring, and social network analysis,” he says.

Additionally, the new release supports more flexible deployment models, extends support for leading Web 2.0 development tool languages, and deepens the product’s already considerable support for real-time analytics by rolling out several new options for rapid data loading into the database, says Kobielus.

Sybase executives declined to comment on the role Sybase IQ will play under the SAP umbrella, but Kobielus expects SAP to rapidly integrate IQ into its NetWeaver BW platform and concurrently offer customers a completely integrated SAP advanced analytics platform.

“SAP will need to pursue this approach and strengthen its Business Objects’ groups to leverage Sybase’s rich real-time advanced analytics features in order to compete head-on with formidable, integrated competitors such as Oracle and IBM,” he says.

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