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.
According to the vendors, PeopleSoft will use DB2 Universal Database as its primary Unix development platform for PeopleSoft 8, which is their latest Internet-based architecture. PeopleSoft 7.5 applications are now available on DB2 UDB for Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, IBM AIX, and IBM OS/390. In addition, IBM has standardized on and is deploying Siebel eBusiness Applications across its entire customer-facing infrastructure, uniting sales, service, marketing, and call center professionals,