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September 2010 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

1)   SUG-TX September 28th Meeting – Best Practices and Tools to Design, Build, Manage, Monitor, and Tune all your Sybase ASE Databases
2)   SUG-TX August 24th Meeting Highlights
3)   Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group
4)   Future SUG-TX Meetings
5)   SAP and Sybase Combine Forces to Unwire the Enterprise
6)   International Sybase User Group Events
7)   Sybase Events
8)   OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting
9)   Sybase Training Schedule (Oct – Dec)

1)  SUG-TX August 24th Meeting – Best Practices and Tools to Design, Build, Manage, Monitor, and Tune all your Sybase ASE Databases

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2010.  The presentation will be “Best Practices and Tools to Design, Build, Manage, Monitor, and Tune all your Sybase ASE Databases” by Scott Walz, Sr. Director of Product Management at Embarcadero.


4:00pm – 4:30pm      Introduction, Welcome, Q&A
4:30pm – 5:50pm      Best Practices and Tools to Design, Build, Manage, Monitor, and Tune all your Sybase ASE Databases
5:50pm – 6:00pm     Wrap Up
6:30pm -                  Post meeting discussions at Champps Americana (at the Uptown location)


While Sybase ASE users have adopted DBArtisan and Rapid SQL en masse, you may not be as familiar with some of Embarcadero’s newer products for Sybase ASE. These include easy-to-use tools for database performance monitoring and tuning, modeling for data warehouses, and database change management.  Scott will also explain the new model of centralized tool provisioning where you can now have your own “private cloud” of software tools— delivered on demand.

Scott’s interactive session with our members will cover high-level concepts and best practices, but the majority of the time will be spent showcasing how to leverage the latest tools and technologies to get your Sybase ASE jobs done quickly.

Topics will include How To:

Simplify and automate the management of objects, space, security, and change across all your Sybase ASE databases
Write high-performing SQL code faster, then visualize and tune against Sybase ASE
Monitor, diagnose, and repair Sybase ASE performance issues while anticipating future space and capacity requirements
Design, document, and maintain Sybase ASE databases and data warehouses for higher performance and availability

As a bonus, every live attendee will be given a special USB drive with an extended 30-day Free Trial to All-Access XE Platinum.

Speaker Bio:

Scott Walz has more than 15 years of experience in database development and administration and currently serves as the senior director of product management for Embarcadero Technologies. In this position, Scott oversees the direction of the company’s database product family, while focusing on database development and administration products. Prior to joining Embarcadero eight years ago, Scott served as a development lead for Louisville Gas & Electric. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Western Kentucky University.

The meetings are held at HAL-PC, 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77027 (map).  Members frequently continue discussions at Champps Sports Bar after the meeting while waiting for traffic to subside.

2)  SUG-TX August 24th Meeting Highlights

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas held their meeting on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.  The meeting covered the announcements and presentations from the Sybase TechWave 2010 conference, held recently in Washington DC from August 9 – 11.

SUG-TX Secretary, Cindy Bean, reviewed the keynotes sessions and the announcements and presentations in the database tracks.  There were 4 database tracks running during most of the technical sessions, 2 on ASE/RS, 1 on Advantage Database Server, and 1 on SQL Anywhere.  There were 2 more tracks for Analytics, covering Sybase IQ, RAP, and CEP.  The technical sessions were very detailed oriented with speakers from Sybase engineering, product management, software consulting, and a few customers.

SUG-TX Vice President, Jeff Wayt, and SUG-TX President, Don Clayton, reviewed the presentations and announcements for the development track.  The majority of presentations in the development track were presented by Dave Fish and John Strano, long time PowerBuilder evangelists, and frequent speakers at SUG-TX meetings and events.  Jeff showed a picture of Dave and John performing air guitar at the TechWave special event as they wowed the crowd of TechWave attendees.

3)  Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas has a group in LinkedIn.  If you wish to join, submit a request.  You can find the group by searching for “Sybase Texas” in the groups directory.  Contact if you have any questions.

4)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

Mark your calendar for future topics for SUG-TX Meetings:

·         October 26:                   TBD
·         November 23:               No Meeting – Thanksgiving week
·         December:                    Holiday Party

Topics for future meetings are subject to change based on speaker availability and scheduling.  Watch the newsletter for details for each meeting.  A meeting will not be held in November due to proximity to the Thanksgiving holiday.  December is the annual holiday party.  SUG-TX usually meets on the 4th Tuesday so add a recurring appointment on your calendar and watch for future meeting announcements and newsletters for details.

5)  SAP and Sybase Combine Forces to Unwire the Enterprise

Company Leaders Unveil Joint Strategy and Product Innovations for Customers in Enterprise Mobility, Business Analytics and Enterprise Information Management

BOSTON, MASS. AND FRANKFURT, GERMANY – AUGUST 19, 2010 — At a co-located event today in Boston and Frankfurt, company leaders from SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Sybase came together for the first time to share the strategy and joint product direction for the newly combined companies. In a bold move that brings together established industry leaders and changes the game for enterprise mobility, SAP announced its intent to acquire Sybase on May 12, 2010. In the few months since that time, the two companies have moved quickly to create product road maps and innovations to transform the way people and businesses work. The combined companies now represent the market-leading position in enterprise applications, business analytics and mobile infrastructure.

Recognizing the strength of Sybase’s existing business model, SAP confirmed that Sybase will be run as a separate, independent unit – and that customer investments in Sybase products will be preserved and supported. Setting the stage for their vision of an unwired enterprise and embracing the evolution of mobile as the new desktop, SAP and Sybase today also unveiled strategic product directions and planned co-innovations in three key areas: enterprise mobility, business analytics and enterprise information management (EIM).

Combined Companies Retain Core Strengths While Leveraging Synergies for Innovation

Outlining the first milestones since the close of the acquisition, SAP and Sybase today announced:

Within the next nine months, the companies will bring together technologies to deliver a leading mobile platform for business that is based on open standards, runs on all major mobile operating systems, and manages and supports all major device types. With this platform, customers and partners can build new mobile experiences on top of existing applications, such as SAP® Business Suite software. In addition, SAP will showcase mobile experiences for all products, including both SAP Business Suite and SAP® Business ByDesign™, similar to what is available for mobile sales for customer relationship management (CRM) today.
SAP and Sybase will present the industry’s broadest solution portfolio for EIM by porting, certifying and optimizing SAP Business Suite and other solutions onto Sybase data management servers – bringing customers a greater choice of database platforms for their SAP applications.
The companies will offer customers a complete and optimized high-performance business analytics infrastructure tapping SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions on data management servers to deliver end-to-end functionality from discovery (enterprise information management) to storage (calculation and storage engines for transactions, data marts, data warehouse) to consumption (query reporting and analytics, scorecarding, dashboarding, OLAP tools, mobile BI).
The companies will incorporate SAP’s in-memory computing technology across SAP and Sybase data management offerings, enabling customers to instantaneously access any type of data, anywhere, any place in real time.

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6)  International Sybase User Group Events

The International Sybase User Group (ISUG) sponsors events for Special Interests Groups (SIGs), Virtual User Groups, and members.  Sign up for ISUG Membership for as little as $25 for a basic membership and get access to events and online material.  For more details, visit:

7)  Sybase Events

Seminars, Conferences, Webcasts, Tradeshows, Sports events — whichever way you want to get information from Sybase, they deliver!  Check out future events at:

If you’d like to give feedback on what types of events you think Sybase should offer please email them at

8)  OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting

The OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the HAL-PC.  The next meeting will be on October 12th.

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9)  Sybase Training Schedule (Oct – Dec)

Sybase Dallas Learning Center
14800 Quorum Drive, Suite 505
Dallas, Texas 75240
Contact:  972-687-6400
Register: 1 800-8-SYBASE

Oct 11, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to PowerBuilder: Part I
Oct 18, 2010  5 days  Performance and Tuning: Configuring ASE 15
Oct 25, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to Replication Server Administration
Nov 01, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to Adaptive Server Enterprise
Nov 01, 2010  5 days  ASE 15 Migration for DBA’s
Nov 08, 2010  3 days  Business Process Modeling with PowerDesigner 15
Nov 15, 2010 4 days Mastering Transact-SQL Programming: Advanced Tips & Techniques
Nov 29, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to PowerBuilder: Part II
Dec 01, 2010  3 days  Performance and Tuning using MDA Tables
Dec 06, 2010  5 days  Performance and Tuning: ASE 15.0 Query Optimization
Dec 13, 2010  5 days  System and Database Administration: ASE

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