Databases are the hidden workhorses of many organizations’ IT solutions, holding critical business intelligence and carrying out hundreds of thousands of transactions each day.In many ways, the database has become a commodity. Products differ on price, performance, ease of database administration and functionality. There is a huge choice of database management systems (DBMS), which includes packaged and open source database suites. The main suppliers include Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft, NCR Teradata, Oracle, Progress, SAS Institute and Sybase. Analyst firm Gartner has identified the main database suppliers in Europe as Oracle, with a 40.8% market share, IBM with 29.4%, and Microsoft with 14.9%. This gives the three companies more than 85% of the market, and all of them have enjoyed revenue growth over the past years. A database management system (DBMS) is the category of computer software programs used for creating, organizing, retrieving, analyzing, and sorting information in computer-based databases. Such software is often informally referred to as “database software.” The database and the DBMS, however, are distinct, just as a text document is distinct from the word processing program used to create and modify it. Companies have many uses for accurate, comprehensive databases. Firms commonly maintain databases of clients, vendors, employees, inventory, supplies, product orders, and service requests, among other things. A database system that can handle all the relevant attributes of a type of data and to provide the desired methods for analyzing the data is an essential management tool for all but the smallest of businesses. As businesses grow, the volume of data they accumulate grows exponentially. Managing this data deluge becomes increasingly difficult just at the moment when superior data management becomes more important to business success.As businesses expand, more sophisticated tools are needed to manage data. Tools that serve start-ups well are overwhelmed by the demands faced by larger businesses. As DBMS is a powerful tool used to store data, secure it, protect it and make it quickly available to people who need it. A DBMS enables a business to squeeze more value from the data it collects for improved decision-making.
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