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Buyouts of Avaki, ISDD Could Put Sybase on Top of the EII Heap

Other vendors, such as Actuate, have also made EII acquisitions, but most have eliminated the standalone EII offerings in favor of integrating the technology into their product lines. It's nice to see Sybase providing a "best in class" product set--without requiring a heavy investment in its database.

As Microsoft prepares to offer more EII functionality in SQL Server 2005, remember EII isn't just about structured data, such as that in an RDBMS. That's why Sybase's acquisition of unstructured search and query provider ISDD is such a sweet--and smart--move.
--Lori MacVittie