RDMS software market falls

Revenue generated from new licences for relational database management systems software totalled US$6.6 billion in 2002, a 6.9% decline from 2001’s figure of $7.1 billion, according to Gartner.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 25, 2003

Worldwide revenue generated from new licences for relational database management systems (RDBMS) software totalled US$6.6 billion in 2002, a 6.9% decline from 2001’s figure of $7.1 billion, according to Gartner.

IBM and Oracle slugged it out for top spot, with Big Blue emerging victorious. It garnered a 36.2% market share compared to Oracle’s 33.8%. According to Gartner, strong growth on IBM’s DB2 for the zSeries was cancelled out by a double-digit decline on DB2 for the iSeries, which meant that IBM's new license revenue for 2002 stayed flat.

"Along with many of the other IT markets, the RDBMS markets are feeling the pressures of reduced IT spending," said Colleen Graham, industry analyst for Gartner's Software Industry Research group. "However, despite this slowdown of spending on new licenses, we find many organisations very actively utilising and furthering development of their major RDBMS-based applications."

Rounding out the top four were Microsoft with an 18% market share and NCR way behind on 2.7%.

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