Boris Evelson had an interesting blog entry about the "BI Implications Of SAP-Sybase Deal".  You can read the blog here:  From my point of view, it is interesting that Boris is pondering about an MDX query language interface for Sybase IQ.  Simba has partnered with SAP to do this for BW and we have partnered with Oracle to do this for OLAP Option.  Simba has also developed a ROLAP technology that allows us to build cube schemas and an appropriate MDX query language interface on top of relational (SQL) data sources.  We haven't tried to do this on Sybase IQ, but it might be interesting.