The software sector continues its ascension from the depths of the sluggish
2002 market, with database software sales increasing due to reporting and data management requirements.
According to new figures from researcher Gartner Dataquest, new license sales for database software grew 10.2 percent in
2004. Makers of database software sold $9.6 billion in new software for the year, compared to 8.7 billion for 2003.
IBM held its lead, reaping
36.8 percent of the market, compared to Oracle's 27.4 percent and
Microsoft's 20.9 percent. Microsoft grew sales by 17 percent while
Oracle notched a 15 percent increase.
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