Gartner's Dataquest Says Worldwide Database Software Market Grew 18 Percent to $8 Billion in 1999

Database Leaders Announced During Dataquest Predicts Conference

Santa Clara, Calif., May 3, 2000-Buoyed by growth of new Internet applications and rising demand for business intelligence applications, the worldwide database software market had a strong year in 1999 with revenue reaching almost $8 billion, an 18 percent increase over 1998 revenue, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Group, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). Dataquest analysts said it appears year 2000 concerns had limited impact on database spending. Dataquest discussed the state of the database industry during the Dataquest Predicts 2000 conference at The Westin Santa Clara.

"Oracle and IBM are still virtually neck and neck for the top position in the overall database market," said Norma Schroder, senior analyst for Dataquest's Database and Data Warehousing Software Worldwide program (see Table 1). In the relational database segment, which accounts for more than three-quarters of the total database market, Oracle remained the market leader with about a 10-point lead, the same as last year.

"Oracle, despite its large base, had vigorous database new license growth of 19 percent, driven by its new positioning as an Internet platform and by strength in its CRM and e-commerce enterprise applications business," said Ms. Schroder. "IBM had an robust year, with strength on the mainframe platform, a spurt of almost 70 percent growth in its relational Unix database products and a 125 percent growth in its NT relational database products. Microsoft came roaring back this year in the relational NT segment, driven by its new version of SQL Server 7.0."

The worldwide database industry is forecast to reach $12.7 billion by 2004, with NT platform revenue almost equaling Unix platform revenue by then. Dataquest analysts said the market will be driven by Internet-related applications, electronic commerce, content management, integrated business intelligence, and new mobile consumer and mobile business applications.

"Oracle, IBM and Microsoft will be the dominant players, but there is still plenty of room for vendors that can cater to niche application areas or industry-specific markets," Ms. Schroder said. "A new niche we're seeing is start-ups catering to the ASP/hosting market with low-cost, high-performance data solutions tailored for Web data, rather than OLTP data."

Additional information on the database market will be available in the Dataquest Perspective "Overview of Worldwide DBMS Market Statistics, 1999." This Perspective provides a look at the size and forecast for the market, as well as identifying the leaders in various segments and on the critical operating system platforms. In addition, the document explains how Gartner measures the database market. As always, Gartner counts new license revenue while revenue for software upgrades is intended to be excluded. For 1999 and prior years, Gartner has adjusted mainframe database product license revenue data downward to exclude the part that is due to customers buying software upgrades.

Ms. Schroder presented her findings during Gartner's Dataquest Predicts 2000 Conference, which is being held May 1-3 at the Santa Clara Westin. Dataquest analysts are providing their outlook for the high-technology industry. Additional information on the event is available on Gartner Web site at

To purchase the Perspective, please call 800-419-DATA or 408-468-8009. More information about Dataquest's programs, descriptions of recent research reports and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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