Gartner Says Worldwide Relational Database Market Returned to Positive Growth
STAMFORD, Conn., May 27, 2004 — The worldwide relational database management system
(RDBMS) market rebounded in 2003 as new license revenue totaled $7.1 billion, a
5.1 percent increase from 2002, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2002, the RDBMS market
declined nearly 6 percent.
"Enterprises have worked through some excess capacity issues, and they are looking
to the future," said Colleen Graham, principal analyst for Gartner. "Many companies
are examining ways to augment and improve reporting and data management capabilities
to meet increasing regulatory compliance requirements. The increasing strategic
importance of data warehouse and strategic business intelligence initiatives has
provided some of the growth in the RDBMS market."
All of the top-tier RDBMS vendors were able to achieve an increase in new license
revenue in 2003. IBM continued to account for 35.7 percent of worldwide RDBMS new
license revenue, as its revenue increased 4.9 percent (see Table 1). Gartner analysts
said IBM's growth was generated by its DB2 on the iSeries and zSeries platforms.
DB2 on the iSeries achieved strong growth as a result of IBM's independent software
vendor program, which focuses on penetrating the small and midsize business market.
Worldwide RDBMS Software New License Revenue Estimates for 2003
(Millions of U.S. Dollars)
Source: Gartner Dataquest (May 2004)
||2003 Market Share (%)
||2002 Market Share (%)
RDBMS on the Windows server platform showed a slight improvement in 2003 with new
license revenue reaching $2.8 billion, a 3.8 percent increase from 2002. Microsoft
extended its market share in this segment to 47.3 percent, from 44.3 percent in
The segment that suffered a decline in new license revenue in 2003 was RDBMS on
Unix (not including Linux). New license revenue in this market decreased 5.9 percent
in 2003. Oracle accounted for 57.4 percent of new license revenue in this segment.
The fastest growing segment in 2003 was RDBMS on the Linux platform. New license
revenue for Linux RDBMS totaled $299.3 million in 2003, a 158 percent increase from
2002. Oracle's revenue in this segment grew 360.8 percent in 2003, and it accounted
for 69.1 percent of the market. IBM's market share totaled 28.5 percent in 2003,
down from its 57.6 percent market share in 2002.
Gartner analysts said some of the revenue growth for the RDBMS market in 2003 can
be attributed to currency conversion. When revenue from non-U.S. sales is converted
to U.S. dollars, a portion of the growth is a product of the weak dollar and not
attributed to increased demand.
Additional information is available in the Gartner Alert RDBMS Market Grew 5 Percent
in 2003. The report provides market share results for the top-tier vendors in the
RDBMS market, as well as RDBMS software on Linux, Unix and Windows. The report is
available on Gartner's Web site.
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