Oracle’s focus on software application markets is impacting its Database business. Recently SAP AG and Siebel Systems, i2 Technologies, Inc., and PeopleSoft have also chosen IBM’s DB2 Universal Database as their preferred database for developing current and future applications, and as their preferred backend database for customer deployment. In addition, IFS AB, one of the top 10 ERP vendors, which was previously Oracle-centric, has announced an agreement with IBM to add DB2 support.
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improve, and DB2 UDB Version 7.1 shows strong promise. User Recommendations Oracle 8i is an extremely strong database, but has recently been crushed by IBM's DB2 Universal Database in the latest TPC-C benchmark tests that IBM ran in conjunction with Microsoft and Intel. IBM's latest benchmark numbers approximately triple the best performance displayed by Oracle. (See IBM's DB2 Tops TPC Benchmark List ) Oracle and IBM should both be included on a short list of vendors for large transactional-based