Sybase Steps Out Of The Shadows

Sybase Inc. has lived its life in the shadmw of giants. The software maker left the limelight to its better-known partner, Microsoft Corp., which helped put Sybase on the map by agreeing to co-develop and sell versions of Sybase's database products for its operating systems. And in the relational-database business where Sybase competes, market leader Oracle Corp. and its ebullient chairman, Lawrence J. Ellison, have captured most of the attention. Sybase plugs away in the background--acting as a constant barb in the bigger company's side. "I enjoy it," says Executive Vice-President Robert S. Epstein, a co-founder and the technical wizard behind the company. "It's what I do for a living."

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