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Re: IBM and Oracle - Let's Rrrrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuumbbbbbbbbbbleeeeeeee

From: DA Morgan <>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2007 11:11:27 -0700
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Niall Litchfield wrote:

> Bill Martinez wrote:

>> DA Morgan wrote:
>>> In other words ... we don't know anything more than we did before we
>>> read this.
>>> But for those who have to pay their mortgage and feed their families
>>> the only metrics that matter are those that can be found at:
>>> As of 6 May, 2007:
>>> =========================
>>> DB2 3,419 8.9%
>>> Informix 452 1.2%
>>> Oracle 17,861 46.7%
>>> SQL Server 14,171 37.0%
>>> Sybase 2,355 6.2%
>>> =========================
>>> If these aren't the numbers you're looking at you aren't paying
>>> attention to putting the kids through college and your retirement.
>> Are these market share figures?
>> Shouldn't people consider things like performance, cost of maintenance,
>> etc... if they want to put their kids through college?
>> I notice that Anheisur-Busch has the lion's (clydesdale) share of the
>> beer market here in the US.
>> I don't particularly like any of their beers - should I drink them
>> anyway just because their popular?
> I rather think the analogy would be with a pub/bar owner, you might not
> like AB beers, but you'll probably want to sell them.
> I don't personally like the analogy, prostitution and the arms trade
> both pay better than my job, and have more opportunities, but I wouldn't
> be regarding that as a reason to work in either of them.

I agree. But given you are already a carpenter ... and there are jobs available ... seems to me you would want to train for those jobs that offer the most opportunity. I know very few carpenters who are looking for work manufacturing birdhouses. In our business that means Oracle and SQL Server. It isn't that there is anything wrong with building bird houses. Just that they account for less than 20% of available work.

Daniel A. Morgan
University of Washington
(replace x with u to respond)
Puget Sound Oracle Users Group
Received on Tue May 08 2007 - 13:11:27 CDT

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