Last updated: 01-Sep-2020

Dear Sybase user,

All good things have to come to an end at some point.
I regret to have to inform you that I am discontinuing my Sybase-related activities. The reason is that I am ending my employment at SAP, and since these activities do not align with the interests of my new employer, I have decided to call it a day.
Specifically, sales of my Sybase books will be stopped on 01-Oct-2020, and the web site will be closing down soon after, during October 2020.

Leaving SAP is one thing; leaving the Sybase world, where I have been publicly active since 1997, is quite another, and this was not an easy decision. This is especially hard because, over the past 12 months, the SAP/Sybase ASE/IQ and Replication Server products have gotten a new lease on life with SAP's commitment to continue the on-premise ASE (+RepServer) product as well as create a cloud version of ASE and IQ (see here and here). I want nothing better than to see these initiatives succeed, but career-wise, it is time for me to move on.

It's been quite a journey: my first experience with Sybase was in 1989 when I worked on a project involving Sybase SQL Server version 3 on Stratus hardware (VOS was also a great O/S, BTW!). A few years later, Sybase crossed my path again, this time to stay. After working as an independent consultant for many years, and writing 4 Sybase books, I joined Sybase as an employee in 2005. I ended up at SAP through the 2010 acquisition of Sybase.
Over the years, I spent a lot of time and effort creating content for my web site, and writing my Sybase books -- sometimes perhaps more than I should have. However, the feedback from you, Sybase user, made the effort worthwhile: you used my articles and software tools, and you bought my books. Your feedback brought inspiration for new ideas to explore, and made me improve things that weren't as perfect as I initially thought. I am thankful for having been able to create things that were useful and inspirational for others, and I am deeply grateful for every book that was purchased. My career has been deeply influenced by Sybase products, Sybase customers, Sybase colleagues and Sybase culture, and I would not be the same professional without it.

It was a great time, and I learned a lot, but now it is time to move on.

Many thanks, and all the best,

Rob Verschoor