This IDC Market Analysis Perspective contains a summarization of the state of the three markets that comprise the database management software research area: relational database management systems (RDBMS), nonrelational database management systems (NDBMS), and database development and management tools (DDMT). Each market is examined in terms of the dynamics that are driving user adoption and technology evolution. For each market, there is a discussion of the current forecast with assumptions and trends.
Database management is undergoing revolutionary change, and the broad currents of the change are affecting each of the three markets discussed here. Key factors include the maturation of Big Data usage, mobile data and data from the Internet of Things (IoT), in-memory computing, cloud computing, and analytic transaction processing. These factors are reflected in the evolution of existing RDBMS, NDBMS, and DDMT technologies, as well as in the growth in Hadoop, NoSQL, and emerging RDBMS technologies. These factors are considered as we explore how these markets are evolving to meet new economic realities.