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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collaborate with IFS to define, build, and execute joint marketing activities which will generate sales of IFS Applications licenses. Additionally, IBM will provide the required hardware, database licenses, and expert level consultancy resources to add DB2 support to IFS applications. Market Impact Oracle's focus on competing in the areas of enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, financials, and many others, is hurting their database sales. Their