As I am sure many of you heard about in 2010, SAP acquired Sybase. Throughout the beginning of 2012, I have been involved in a number of internal items related to getting Sybase SQL Anywhere to be available on the SAP price list. As you might imagine, SAP (a company of more than 50,000 employees) has its own, unique bureaucracy that is very different from Sybase’s (and certainly very different from our days in the past as WATCOM and iAnywhere!). SAP has rules for everything, including a set of product standards that must be passed prior to being placed on the SAP price list.
In order to allow our team to focus on development of SQL Anywhere on-demand edition and ‘Nagano’, the next major release of SQL Anywhere, I have taken on much of the work for the SA team to prepare answers to, and defend those answers for the various SQL Anywhere products. Of course, I am not working alone, and I thank everyone on the team who has provided input to me on this process. (More about ‘Nagano’ in future posts!)
I am pleased to report that we recently passed all the hurdles, to enable SQL Anywhere 12.0.1 to become available from the SAP price list. Over time, as Sybase further integrates into SAP, most of our products will become available on the SAP price list.