by Craig S. Mullins
As my regular readers know, toward the end of each year I devote an edition of my column to review the significant data and database-
In the first quarter of the 2010 the biggest story was the end of a story begun the previous year -
Nothing piques curiosity and changes the computing landscape quite so forcefully and abruptly as an acquisition. With that in mind, let's review a few of the more notable acquisitions of 2010.
Perhaps the single biggest game-
It will be worth watching to see how SAP manages Sybase's core relational DBMS installed base. Although Sybase ASE has lagged behind the major players (Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft), it still has a significant market share -
But SAP's acquisition of Sybase was far from the only acquisition-
During the year Oracle also bought several other technology companies including AmberPoint, a provider of SOA management capabilities; Convergin, an Israeli-
IBM made several significant data-
From a technology standpoint, there were several interesting and notable releases during 2010. IBM released DB2 10 for z/OS in October 2010, which brings features such as hashing, temporal support, and out-
In late July, IBM announced the Smart Analytics Optimizer for DB2 for z/OS, which is a high-
In early July Oracle unleashed its Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g (OBIEE) suite. Many Oracle users were eagerly waiting for OBIEE as it had been in development for more than three years. OBIEE is the result of bringing multiple acquired technologies (Hyperion, Siebel, legacy Oracle) together into a single solution. Even so, OBIEE is predominantly based upon Siebel analytics.
In April, Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2. Although it sounded like a minor release, it offered many new features. The theme of SQL Server 2008 R2 was self-
And, of course, there were the daily, weekly, and quarterly travails of quarterly results, lawsuits, and product versions that we've all come to take with a grain of salt, too. But there is only so much room for my column so I had to just cover the highlights. Still, though, it was a busy year in the database world, wasn't it?
From Database Trends and Applications, January 2011.
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