Although the suppliers of object/relational databases have made a poor job of marketing the business benefits, users should take the technology seriously if they do not want to be left behind by more adventurous rivals.
Vendors have been so busy dressing up their systems as the next great wave in computing and focussing on selling them to run exotic applications such as multimedia and the Web that users have remained largely uninterested in the potential of the technology.
But they run the risk of missing out on gaining competitive advantage by being early adopters, according to a report by consultants, Ovum, entitled "Ovum Evaluates: Object/Relational Databases",
David Wells, senior analyst at Ovum, said: "This technology offers real benefits to users and it?ll be a real shame if it takes a long time to move into the mainstream. But, it?s been a difficult message to get across to users that object/relational technology does have real business benefits even for everyday types of applications and it?s a shame vendors have decided to charge extra for upgrades."
He added that object/relational databases enabled users to add such functionality to their applications as being able to scan receipts into general ledger files as image documents so they could pull them up and view them as required. This was virtually impossible with a relational database, he said.
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