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SAP Sybase ASE Gains Momentum With Rapid Customer Adoption

Customers Praise Improved Speed, Simplicity and ROI Over Other Database Providers as Reasons for Migration

In less than 18 months since the offering’s release in April 2012, more than 1,000 customers have chosen to run SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE and there are more than 2,000 customer installations. Both new and existing SAP customers can run a high-performance relational database management system (RDBMS) optimized for SAP Business Suite that helps improve operational efficiency and significantly reduce overall costs.

“Enterprises have realized that spending large amounts of manpower, time and money to maintain their database systems for SAP Business Suite is an expense they no longer have to accept,” said Dan Lahl, vice president, Product Marketing, SAP. “SAP Sybase ASE offers an intelligent database solution that delivers outstanding performance, simplified administration and management and rock-solid reliability for SAP Business Suite. The integrated SAP solution provides businesses the resiliency to help them meet customer needs faster and at considerably less cost than other systems.”

Customers are increasingly turning to SAP for data management with SAP Business Suite in order to achieve critical business goals today while advancing business capabilities well into the future. For customers planning to move to the SAP HANA® platform, SAP Sybase ASE provides an on-ramp to future implementations of SAP HANA, as well as customer investment protection. SAP HANA and SAP Sybase ASE are at the core of the company’s data management vision, the SAP® Real-Time Data Platform, to help customers move to real-time applications and critical, in-the-moment decision-making.

Customers are achieving real results from their migrations to SAP Sybase ASE:

  • “As part of our technology transformation initiative we migrated our SAP applications to SAP Sybase ASE. This project virtualized 10 SAP applications. Significant cost savings were achieved on SAP Sybase ASE annual maintenance costs and, using compression technology in SAP Sybase ASE, our storage requirements were reduced by 30 percent for additional savings. SAP provided expertise and training to ensure the migration went smoothly and as a satisfied long-time SAP customer we believe SAP’s strategic road map for its data management products will meet our needs well into the future.” – Trushar Desai, director, SAP technology, Day and Zimmermann
  • “We completed a two-phase migration to SAP Sybase ASE on our SAP ERP application, first with an application update then a database migration (+ Unicode conversion), and our downtime was limited to 48 hours for each phase. Performance has been excellent and licensing and maintenance costs are more economical. A single vendor for application and database offers us an optimized solution to best meet our requirements.” – Roberto Rocca, information technology chief, Novacart
  • “In the two months following the migration of our SAP ERP system to SAP Sybase ASE, we achieved performance surpassing that on our previous database, which took six years of tuning to achieve. We were able to compress data by 60 percent and our TCO was reduced further with simplified administration that removed staff overtime requirements. SAP Sybase ASE is providing the technology to help fuel our company growth.” – Yogesh Dhandharia, business manager, Rashi Peripherals Private Limited
  • “As a result of migrating our SAP ERP system from another database to SAP Sybase ASE we have improved performance by at least 100 percent, significantly simplified system administration and expect to reduce our TCO by half. SAP Services helped ensure our effort was a success by streamlining our migration process, optimizing the system and providing post-go-live support and on-site training for a worry-free hand-off.” – Sunil D’souza, CIO, Redington Gulf

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      Author's profile photo Eduardo Rezende
      Eduardo Rezende

      Good results!

      Author's profile photo SAP BASIS

      Sorry folks, but administering Sybase based SAP installations is pretty much a nightmare if you have to rely on dbacockpit.

      HTML based content with scroll bars reaching from Walldorf to Timbuktu (not resizable, but exceeding screen size), loosing sessions, problems with enabling and repeating standard jobs, no nice templates, and so on makes it hard to believe that any of the developers of the dbacockpit had ever talked with a real life SAP BC bloke or had to perform daily tasks using their own program.

      Complete fail in usability!

      Author's profile photo Rob Verschoor
      Rob Verschoor

      Your comments strike me as somewhat extreme and one-sided. I'm sure there are some issues left to be addressed - after all, for Sybase ASE, SAP is catching up on about 20 years of head start that the other database vendors had.

      I do not want to dismiss a negative experience you may have had, but a "complete fail" just does not sound credible to me. More so because we have a range of SAP customers who are running production quite happily and successfully on Sybase without anything like such extreme experiences.

      I would like to emphasize that software patches are released regularly for SAP/Sybase, also against the historical  context described above. So please make sure all the latest versions of the applicable SAP Notes have been applied, and contact support to resolve unclarities or identify actual issues.

      (disclosure: I work for SAP)

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I need to admit:

      It's a very frustrating thing doing your daily tasks with the tools provided for administering a Sybase homed SAP installation. First of all, there are hardly any tools that could ease the task of administering the RDBMS if you are not a specialized DBA for Sybase.

      Implementation of the DBA cockpit is very powerful, but user experience is poor. It's implemented as a webdynpro and for certain actions one has to re-authenticate far too often not to be fed up of this pretty soon. When planning daily tasks in the calendar tool (DB13) scroll bars extend not only up and down, but left and right, while leaving screen estate unused. Usabilty is the word that seems to be unknown to the developers. At last my impression...

      With some research we could identify a tool providing all that is needed to fullfill the daily task, like managing datafiles, opening up info pages and so on. It's called Sybase Central.

      Why isn't it delivered straight away with the installation media?

      It's just the right tool to get the job done. But it's hard to find and not that easy to identify as "the tool" everybody is looking for.

      Sybase Control Center would be another approach, but it's kind of difficult to setup, while it needs to become feeded from additional Software (I guess agents and info providers).

      Too complicated!

      DBACOCKPIT won't work on out of the box installations. First a certain patchlevel in the ABAP part is needed to get it halway up and running and then on top some Notes have to applied as well. Great!

      And: If there is no ERP or whatever up and running, there is no DBA cockpit at all.

      I personally prefer Sybase Central over the dbacockpit and SCC approach, because it's easy to install and setup is done with hardly any afford, while delivering the full wealth and usability a regular SAP Basis guy is longing for.

      Just my 2c

      Author's profile photo SAP BASIS

      Hard to believe that SAP is dropping Sybase Central, which is a perfect tool for your daily tasks:

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      ASE Plug-in for Sybase Central End of Life Notice: Database Management - Sybase Inc

      Dear Valued Sybase Customer:

      This letter provides notification of the end of engineering support for the following Sybase product line.



      End of Engineering Support

      Migration Path

      Sybase Central – ASE Plug-in



      Sybase Control Center - ASE Management Agent Plug-in

      Sybase encourages you to begin migration plans as soon as possible to migrate before the end of engineering support to the supported product(s) identified in the "Migration Path" column as shown in the table above.

      For customers having a current Support Agreement for a product who have elected not to migrate to a new product by the end of engineering support, continued limited technical support assistance will be made available, subject to the availability of resources.  This limited assistance after the end of engineering support consists of providing existing interim releases (i.e., updates, if any, developed for the product prior to the end of engineering support), telephone and electronic assistance, and migration advice to customers migrating to Sybase supported products.  It does not include engineering support, new bug fixes or integration of any bug fixes into previous updates.

      If you have any questions, please call your local Sybase Technical Support Center.  One of our Customer Service representatives will respond to your questions or direct your call to someone who can.  For the number of your closest Technical Support Center, please go

      Thank you for your cooperation in this product transition.  We regret any inconvenience that discontinuing this product may cause your organization.  Our support staff is available to assist you in any way possible.


      Liti Huang, Senior Product Manager

      Sybase, an SAP Company

      Can we stop SAP from doing this?