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UK, Germany and Israel Dominate Thought Leadership
In Recognising The Need For DBMS To Be Optimised For Web-Development

Eton, UK- July 2000 – One in three European companies are re-evaluating their current database technology and incumbent database suppliers as a result of e-Business, with the UK, Germany and Israel at the vanguard of recognition for the need for DBMS to be optimised for web development. These are among the latest findings from a new pan-European report commissioned by InterSystems Corporation, and conducted by independent IT market researchers, Vanson Bourne.

InterSystems commissioned Vanson Bourne to examine the European Database market and explore the impact that web-enabled development has had on the database market within Europe. The study included 173 IT executives across seven countries / regions in Europe, including UK, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Israel, and Benelux. Respondents were taken from a cross section of vertical markets, including Finance, Retail, Freight and Transportation, and Travel and Tourism.

“One in three respondents have or will be re-evaluating their database technologies within the context of an increase in web-based application development,” said Kevin Withnall, Director of Vanson Bourne. Our research shows that around three-quarters of the European sample haven’t yet started to implement their e-Business strategy, which is a huge proportion. Consequently, we forecast that as companies move up the e-Business spiral, more and more companies will be evaluating their existing, underlying database to ensure it is fit for web-development purposes.”

Of those companies that are actively evaluating their underlying database technologies, some 50 per cent have already made the decision to change their database. This despite the long-standing, existing relationships with database vendors, despite the investment in skill sets, despite the difficulty in accepting change in order to progress.

“This is an extraordinary figure,” added Withnall. “It suggests that companies have found traditional database solutions to be less than satisfactory in the brave new ‘e’ world.”

Speed and Integration Driving Database Changes

The main reasons cited for database change include the need to develop applications more quickly, and the need for those applications to work faster. The research revealed that respondents expect their database to be able to work in the e-Business environment by offering these attributes.

“For the remaining two thirds who haven’t yet re-evaluated, we suggest that this is because they don’t yet see the threat from inadequate IT systems as they aren’t that advanced in terms of e-Business. From a geographic perspective, France and Benelux are less progressive in terms of e-Business roll out, and therefore are less likely to have investigated the technologies behind them. Given the early stages of e-Business development across Europe when compared to the US, we are amazed by the high level of respondents who are actively re-evaluating their database technology. As more and more companies come on-stream with their e-Business platforms, we forecast a significant percentage making that database change,” added Withnall.

When respondents were asked if their current database supplier was using technology that was optimised for web-applications, almost 40 per cent said ‘No’ or ‘Don’t Know’, an extraordinary admission, given the investment in traditional database technology and suggesting a significant demand for a specialist e-DBMS solution.

Frustration With Incumbent Suppliers

Respondents do show evidence of frustration with incumbent database suppliers. Almost 70 per cent of the respondents suggested that their database vendor should stay focused on the database itself, as opposed to putting R&D efforts into other areas. This highlights the ever-widening gap between what used to be a core business for many of the traditional database giants, and what now takes a back seat to their other technology offerings, such as package applications, e-procurement solutions and other non-database technologies.

“The European IT market is a pyramid with a significant number of early adopters developing living e-Business strategies, and in so doing, are recognising the need to re-evaluate their IT infrastructures. Within this context, the database needs to ensure it is fully supportive of this more rigorous environment. There are clear indications in this research that the traditional database solutions are falling short of the mark,” added Withnall.

About Vanson Bourne

Vanson Bourne was established to provide information services to support IT companies, enabling them to navigate the marketing cycle. Incorporated in 1999, Vanson Bourne is a specialist IT market research consultancy offering clients the ability to undertake incisive and rigorous projects conducted always by extremely experienced marketing professionals.

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, InterSystems Corporation (www.intersystems.com) is the leading provider of high-performance database systems for Web applications, with over three million users worldwide. InterSystems’ flagship product, Caché, is a post-relational database with a multidimensional data and application server offering ultra-fast objects and SQL, plus massive scalability. Caché features breakthrough rapid development technology for building objects and object applications.

Trademark Notes: Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

To obtain a full copy of this report, or for further information, please contact:

Julie Ronald
InterSystems
Tel: 01753 855450
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Vanessa Land
Devonshire Marketing
Tel: 01276 675571
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Kevin Withnall
Vanson Bourne
Tel: 01635 550449
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