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. Dataquest analysts said it appears Year 2000 concerns had limited impact on database spending.

"Oracle and IBM are still in 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. 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.

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