While the results represent only a small portion of what chief information officers really think about database providers, a recent study from Morgan Stanley does suggest that Oracle is the leading database of choice. More than 50 percent of the 225 CIOs surveyed in March 2001 cited Oracle as their preferred database vendor. Microsoft SQL Server was chosen by 24 percent of respondents. IBM DB2 was chosen by 19 percent of respondents.

These results are consistent with findings from previous CIO surveys conducted by Morgan Stanley, which also cite plans to reduce dependencies on mainframe systems.

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