Worldwide sales of relational database management systems (RDBMS) software licences revenue totalled $6.6bn in 2002, a 6.9 per cent decline from 2001 revenue of $7.1bn, according to new research.
Analyst Gartner said that IBM accounted for 36.2 per cent of new licence revenue for the worldwide RDBMS market in 2002, followed by Oracle with 33.8 per cent of the market.
Gartner's report said that IBM's strong growth on DB2 for the zSeries was offset by double-digit decline on DB2 for the iSeries, which kept IBM's new licence revenue flat in 2002.
"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 slow-down of spending on new licences, we find many organisations very actively utilising and furthering development of their major RDBMS-based applications."
The analyst also found that, despite a 20 per cent decline in the sector, Oracle maintained its lead in the RDBMS market on distributed platforms (Unix and Windows server). Oracle accounted for 43 per cent of the market, compared with IBM's share of just over 24 per cent.
Microsoft, the third-placed vendor in the market, grew 17 per cent, as it continued to benefit from cost-conscious enterprises and from a product that has improved its scalability capabilities.
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