"We are thrilled with the results of this study because it shows that our efforts over the years to make the database easier and less costly to manage are paying off," Mendelsohn said in a statement. "Moving forward, we plan to make aggressive strides to further widen our lead." In an interview preceding his keynote, Mendelsohn told eWEEK that he planned to give a sneak peek at manageability enhancements in the companys upcoming Oracle9i update. The preview was expected to include demonstrations of the planned extended reach of Enterprise Manager, the interface management tool that enables DBAs to manage large collections of databases and servers.IBM has long been touting its version of this vision, dubbed Autonomic Computing. The difference between the two, Mendelsohn said, is that IBMs enhancements are largely in the research stage. "Were not doing a research project," he said. "It will be tangible, major benefits, just like there were with 9i." Although eWEEK has learned that the beta code for the next generation of Oracle9i is already in the hands of beta testers, Mendelsohn declined to give details on specific features. He did say, however, that attendees at Septembers Oracle World will hear the full story. In other news, IOUG has released to eWEEK a survey that showed that 90 percent of its members are running Oracle8i databases. Many enterprises run more than one version of the database, so it isnt incongruous that the survey found that 64 percent of its membership run Oracle9i. Older databases are still in robust health, as well: Oracle8 is used by 30 percent of IOUG members; Oracle7x is used by 28 percent; and 1 percent still use Oracle6. Oracle is also working on plans to make databases easier to manage vis-à-vis licensing compliancy. According to Jacqueline Woods, vice president of Global Pricing and Licensing Strategy, the company is developing a tool to help customers self-manage licensing compliancy. Latest Oracle News:
"Weve been listening to DBAs, finding out where they are spending their time managing the product and knocking the issues off one by one," Mendelsohn said. "Well point out specific things weve done with 9i to make it more productive. Next generation, were continuing in that direction, but were getting more aggressive in automating the management of the product. Anything thats tedious or repetitive, were going to try to automate so a human doesnt have to do it."