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.

The worldwide database industry is forecasted 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.

Additional information on the database market will be available in the Dataquest Perspective "Overview of Worldwide DBMS Market Statistics, 1999." For additional information, please visit www.dataquest.com or www.gartner.com.

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