New applications of databases will allow the database market to grow to more than $10 billion by 2003, with significant shifts in IT buying and database technology continuing to change the range of choices for buyers across all sectors of the market, according to a recent report by Aberdeen Group, a market analysis and positioning services firm.

The report notes that the success of specialized databases and of Microsoft's SQL Server database in supporting high-end applications gives IT buyers a broader spectrum of database choices, at both the low and high ends. In addition, enterprise information integration (EII) will also play a significant role in the database market. EII provides a one-to-many database "veneer" on existing legacy data sources and, therefore, has the potential to provide business benefits for cross-database applications in administrative cost savings, programmer productivity and leveraging of competitive-advantage information to deliver new ties to customers and suppliers. And, increasingly, databases will have Web services front ends, with similar effects.

"A strong focus on costs, combined with a realization that, in most cases, it is impossible to combine and standardize databases has led buyers to undertake a more careful assessment of database purchases," says Wayne T. Kernochan, managing vice president, databases, development environments and software infrastructure and author of the report, Database Buying Guide (Fourth Edition). "The rewards of successful assessment can be orders-of- magnitude improvements in database administrative costs – often the dominating costs of an application – performance and programmer productivity."

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