Oracle has managed to push ahead of rival Microsoft in the NT database market, according to the latest figures from market watcher International Data Corp (IDC)
Oracle's NT database-license revenues grew by 87.2 percent in 1997, while Microsoft's increased by 56.7 percent, according to IDC, with Oracle holding just under 36 percent of the market, compared to Microsoft's 30.4 percent share, worth $393 million and $335 million respectively.
IDC said that Microsoft sells more units, but Oracle generates higher revenues because its' licences support more users.
Another consultancy has Oracle beating Microsoft in the enterprise resource planning market as well. According to Boston-based AMR Research, which specialises in the ERP market, Oracle took 52 percent of database-licence revenues in the US ERP market in 1997 while Microsoft's SQL Server held only 5 percent.
AMR found that NT is the dominant operating system in the US manufacturing sector, and for the first time, multi-user NT has passed Unix in terms of licence revenues, a 24 per cent share against 23 percent to Unix, which is down from 31 percent in 1996.
The researchers said that manufacturers are focused on achieving lower lifecycle costs for applications and NT growth reflects this objective.
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