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DBMS market consolidates

Library Systems Newsletter [September 1996]

The number of major database management system products continues to shrink according to Meta Demand Research, a major market research firm. Four products now account for 83 percent of all sales. The clear leader is Oracle with a 44 percent market share. The other major products in order of market share are Sybase (22 percent), Informix (10 percent), and DB2 (7 percent). Oracle's dominant position is in large part due to the fact that it provides support worldwide-something which is increasingly important as application software vendors seek to sell globally.

There are relicensing costs involved when an application software vendor changes from one database management system to another. Libraries should seek to protect themselves from extra costs by stipulating in their contracts .that a vendor's decision to change from one database management system to another shall not result in a financial obligation to the library beyond the regular software maintenance/enhancement charges identified in the contract.

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Publication Year:1996
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 16 Number 09
Issue:September 1996
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Subject: Database management software
Record Number:7187
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