Sybase Control Center and SAP

Now that SAP is exerting control over the policies and procedures within Sybase, will Sybase Control Center be

redesigned to be usable?  I mean, it appears to be only partially implemented, provides no historical information, limited performance metrics, no ability to create reports, allows only one ‘user’ at a time, et cetera.  I know in the past, a certain Sybase Partner had a temper tantrum when Sybase demonstrated SCC at TechWave.  (I was in the room when one of the reps had the fit), so will SAP be able to push back and design/develop Sybase Control Center into something useful?

Anne Walker wins Sybase’s video contest!

From the official announcement:

A video featuring an intrepid corporate reporter and her real-time hunt for her on-the-move CEO was the winner of the Sybase “How We Did It” Video Challenge.

“Finding Jono,” created by Anne Walker of St George Bank, Treasury & Valorem Systems Australia, follows Walker from Valorem Systems headquarters to the local mall and ultimately the mall parking garage in her quest to find CEO Jon Tinberg. She is able to track his movements thanks to a company system featuring such Sybase solutions as ASE, PowerBuilder, PocketBuilder and MobiLink synchronization technology.

Attendees of TechWave 2008 selected “Finding Jono” as the winner of the challenge after viewing it and other video submissions over the course of the conference week and voting via text message. Walker won the top prize of $5,000 for the submission.

Second-place winner in the contest was “Desktop Widget,” produced by Team Sybase’s Bruce Armstrong. The second-place ranking earned Armstrong a Flip Mino compact video camera.

Contest voters rated the videos based on originality, creativity and how well the video showcased the company’s innovative use of Sybase software to solve a real-world challenge.

Sybase extends its congratulations to the winners.

Sybase TechWave 2008: Karaoke!

Please comment on the singers’ names please 🙂


Living on a Prayer

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (part 1)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (part 2)

Love Shack

??? and Christine Weber

Mack the Knife

Thunder Road

Eric Van Patten and Millard F. Brown III


Nina Hunter

Material Girl

(left to right) Christine Weber, Katherine Soong, and Nina Hunter. A surprise appearance by Phil Bowermaster!

Come Together

Phil Bowermaster

The July/August issue of the ISUG Technical Journal is out! Also known as the “TechWave” issue

Dear ISUG Member,

ISUG is pleased to announce that the special TechWave issue of the ISUG Technical Journal is now available.  Green and Gold members can access the issue online at (Gold members will also receive the printed copy within the next 2-4 weeks.)

Basic and Associate Members can see an abstract of the issue, containing the first page of each article at — if you like what you see and want to read more, simply upgrade your membership today and you can read the full online version!

Plus!  Green and Gold members can now also view the Journal using the iViewer technology from PCS. Simply goto (login using your account if requested) and you’ll be on your way!


Bryan Enochs
President, ISUG

If you’re not a member of ISUG, please join today or at Sybase’s TechWave, in Las Vegas, to gain access to the ISUG Technical Journal 🙂

International Sybase User Group
International Sybase User Group

What is with the ISUG Enhancements versus Sybase CR/Bugs on the sybase-product-futures mailing list?

In the MSA and System transactions performedby maint user thread on the sybase-product-futures mailing list, Jeff Tallman mentions thatInternational Sybase Users Group someone needs to create an ISUG enhancement or a Sybase change request (CR).  Mike Harrold let everyone know that even through creating a Sybase CR is put in the Sybase engineering queue, it doesn’t mean that an engineer will actually look at it let alone have product management approve it to be implemented.

Jeff hits the nail on the head.  You have a voice with the ISUG enhancements process. Use it.  And yes, you have to be paid member to vote. Sorry, but we are a non-profit and your membership fees keep us running!  You can vote as a Basic Member – you do not need to join at the higher membership levels (but you should so you can read all the wonderful articles Jeff writes for us).  The more votes, the easier it is for engineering to justify spending staff resources on it when they go to management.  Encourage all of your peers to join and vote as well.  If you work for a business with several Sybase users, convince your boss to pay for a corporate membership and get all your colleagues to vote as well. 🙂

Mike Harrold
Executive Director


Having an “internal enhancement” (aka a CR) doesn’t mean it gets implemented.  It means there’s a CR for it.  It might be a great idea, but without backing (and a user request + an engineer doesn’t mean it has backing; look how long it took for UDFs, mathematical functions, etc.) it doesn’t get allocated any development resources.  Without development resources, it doesn’t get implemented.

Bottom line, a CR doesn’t mean it’s a “planned” feature.


Mike Harrold
Executive Director
International Sybase User Group

I would recommend voting for the ISUG enhancements (this week).  I and several other ISUG Board members will be going through the ISUG enhancements this weekend to present a subset to Sybase product management at TechWave next month.

I haven’t seen many ISUG enhancements being requested lately or voted upon for that matter.  The higher the votes for a particular enhancement, the more likely Sybase will pick it up.

So please, everyone go vote on the ISUG enhancements! 🙂

Get $5,000 from Sybase for your “How We Did It” video (contest)

Now until July 30th, Sybase is accepting videos from companies,
students, mega corps, hobbyists and the ghost that lives in your
attic.  The video has to describe how you used Sybase products to do
something ‘cool’ (in Sybase marketing speak: create an innovative solution to a real-world challenge).  The videos must be original (you own the rights), under 3 minutes and file size of less than 50MB.

From The Sybase “How We Did It” Video Challenge:


  • First Prize: $5,000
  • Second Prize: Flip Mino compact video camera ($180 value)
  • Third Prize: Flip Ultra compact video camera ($150 value)

Contest Rules

  • Please submit only your own original content
  • Any video content or comments will be approved by Sybase prior to being posted to the site
  • Sybase
    employees and contractors and members of their immediate families are
    not eligible to participate in the contest. Sybase reserves the right
    to terminate the contest at our discretion
  • You must accept the terms & conditions of the contest
  • Non-English entries are welcome but need to be subtitled
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to participate

Enter the Sybase Video Challenge

Submission Requirements & Judging Criteria

  • Deadline for submissions is on July 31, 2008
  • Video must be less than three minutes in length with a file size of no more than 50MB
  • Please include a “credits” section at the end of your video with your name and contact information
  • Include a mention of the Sybase, Sybase iAnywhere or Sybase 365 product used in your solution
  • Online viewers and TechWave
    attendees will rate the videos throughout the contest. A panel of
    judges will select finalists from the top online rated videos, based on
    the following criteria:

    • Originality
    • Creativity
    • Clarity of message showing how you succeeded using Sybase software
  • The winner will be chosen at TechWave by popular vote via SMS
  • To enter your video, follow the Submission Guidelines section below

Submission Guidelines

  • Videos can be submitted online after agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, or by sending a DVD to Sybase Inc.

    Video Contest

    One Sybase Dr., A2014B

    Dublin, CA 94568

  • Before uploading please fill out the entry form and create a zip file containing the video and the entry form. Upload this zip file to submit your entry
  • You must agree to the contest Terms & Conditions before you can upload your video

Review the terms and conditions and upload your video.

So, get out there and create your video because if you don’t, you won’t win $5,000 from Sybase!  TeamSybase and ISUG members are eligible! 🙂

ISUG Reminder: Vote for the ISUG Technical Journal Awards

Dear ISUG Member,

Don’t forget that June 30th is the last date to vote for the annual ISUG
Technical Journal Awards that will be presented at TechWave in Las

Also, June 30th is the last day to renew your membership at the current pricing if you are an individual member:

Don’t forget to select your local or regional user group when you renew!


Mike Harrold
Executive Director
International Sybase User Group
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Wouldn’t you want to be like Rob Verschoor and winRob Verschoor wins an ISUG Technical Journal Award an ISUG Technical Journal Award?  Did you know anyone can write an article for the International Sybase Users’ Group Technical Journal?  Do you think you can take his next award from him?  Do you have what it takes?!?  😉

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An old Sybase TechWave presentation of mine from 2004: Migration to Linux

ASE103 Adaptive Server Enterprise Migration to Linux:  PDF, Power Point, flash, OpenOffice

So much has changed in four years!  I see so many things that the presentation doesn’t address..  I/O schedulers for instance aren’t even touched upon, nor is virtual memory management to any degree.

I did a number of TechWave presentations over the years that I’ve misplaced.  I know of at least one ASE on Linux that isn’t in the archives.  No idea where that one went to…  I feel old 😉