The global relational database market is now a $5.7 billion industry, with Oracle maintaining a lead over IBM as the dominant supplier for the second consecutive year.
According to research firm Dataquest?s Worldwide Database Preliminary Market Statistics, total global revenues in the relational database sector in 1996 were $5.7 billion, up 15% from the $4.9 billion figure reported for 1995. Based on those figures, Dataquest is predicting that database market value will top the $10 billion mark by 2001. The figures relate purely to database licence sales on all platforms, not to revenue generated from support, add-on products or maintenance.
Oracle was the leading database company across all platforms in 1996 with 29.8% of the total market, increasing its share from last year?s 27%. In revenue terms, the company grew 26.8% from $1.3 billion in 1995 to $1.7 billion in 1996. Second place went to IBM which saw its market share decline from 26.7% in 1995 to 25.6% in 1996. But despite this, its revenues grew by 10.2% from $1.3 billion last year to $1.5 billion this year.
Both companies were substantially ahead of third ranked Informix, whose market share of 9.3% fails to indicate that it enjoyed the most spectacular growth rate of the three. Revenues were up 43.6% from $0.4 billion in 1995 to $0.5 billion in 1996.
All three companies have begun to deliver or plan extended relational technology - or universal servers - and it is this shift that has reginited the relational database industry, according to Dataquest?s Carolyn DiCenzo, Director of Client/Server Software Worldwide.
DiCenzo did not expect Informix?s recent profit warning - which predicted ?substantial? losses for the company?s first quarter due to an overemphasis on its Universal Server - to have a long term impact on the firms? prospects. ?Informix had a new product and they all got a bit too excited about it,? she said, but added that the company appeared to have realised this. ?It?s not like Sybase where the problem was that it took the company over a year to realise there was a problem.?
Later this year Oracle will release its much delayed Oracle8 extended relational database, but DiCenzo does not expect that this will impact greatly on the company. ?It certainly will not do any harm,? she said. ?Oracle has been talking about this product for a long time, so customers have probably already built it into their plans.?
The Dataquest figures also give new hope to the pure object oriented database companies, such as Object Design and Versant. Although the market remains small in revenue terms, it is beginning to show improved growth thanks mainly to the pure object data model?s ability to handle the rich data types needed to support Internet applications, such as sound and video.. "The Internet has provided the 'killer application' that this technology is uniquely designed to address,? said DiCenzo.
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