Relational Database Sales Slide
As spending on relational databases slid nearly 7 percent, Oracle lost its grip on the market to IBM.Spending on relational databases slid 6.9 percent, from a total of $7.1 billion in 2001 down to $6.6 billion in 2002, according to a report released Wednesday by Gartner Inc. At 36.2 percent, IBM had the biggest share of new-license revenue for the worldwide RDBMS (relational database management systems) market. Oracle Corp. pulled in second, with 33.8 percent of new-license revenue. According to Gartner, IBMs growth can be attributed to a surge in popularity for DB2 for the zSeries. That growth spurt helped counteract Big Blues bellyflop with DB2 for the iSeries, which experienced a double-digit decline.
This is the first time IBM has overtaken goliath Oracle in the category of relational databases. Oracles grip on the market loosened from a 2001 share of 39.7 percent down to 33.9 percent in 2002. IBM grabbed those 2 percentage points and then some, rising to 36.2 percent from 34 percent in that time.