IT services provider BearingPoint now manages enterprise applications running on Sybase databases, the companies have announced.
As part of its existing application management offering, BearingPoint now provides implementation, monitoring and hosting of versions of PeopleSoft enterprise applications whose underlying database is from Sybase, Ira Entis, managing director in BearingPoint's managed services group.
Although it is starting with PeopleSoft, BearingPoint will later expand to enterprise applications from other suppliers that use Sybase databases, he said. BearingPoint can manage the applications from the client's site or from an external hosting facility, he said.
The PeopleSoft/Sybase managed application service from BearingPoint is now available worldwide. Entis said prices will vary widely depending on the scope and nature of the service provided.
Before supporting Sybase software, BearingPoint already provided this service for enterprise applications that use other competing databases, such as the ones from Oracle and IBM, he said.
BearingPoint and Sybase decided to join hands on this effort now because they recently discovered there is a big opportunity to market this managed service to clients with substantial investments in Sybase software, Entis said.
The decision to support PeopleSoft applications first is related to the uncertainty PeopleSoft users feel in light of Oracle's multibillion dollar unsolicited offer to acquire that software supplier, he said.
BearingPoint feels this managed service might be attractive for companies that use PeopleSoft on Sybase databases and might want to migrate to another enterprise application supplier, such as SAP, if Oracle succeeds in its takeover attempts, he said.
By outsourcing the application management to BearingPoint, these companies would be able to delegate such a migration to BearingPoint, he said.
Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service