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Database software - Statistics & Facts

Rapid growth in the technology industry has provided people from around the world with countless improvements in convenience, communication, and data access. Business and government spending on information technology products and services worldwide is expected to eclipse 3.7 trillion U.S. dollars in 2021, with the largest component of that growth being software related. Enterprise software spending has doubled in the decade from 2009 to 2019, eventually amounting to 458 billion U.S. dollars. Although due to the negative economic impact brought by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the 2020 software spending is projected to decline, the software market will nevertheless remain strong and is expected to strong growth after the COVID impact. One of the software advancements that is currently shaping our world the most is database related software.

Database management systems (DBMSs) are software applications that allow companies to administrate large databases of information. The most popular among these DBMSs are Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL Server. Relational DBMSs are the most popular type of DBMSs and are used by the majority of adopters; other DBMS types include document stores, key value stores, search engines, etc. The migration to the cloud that has been taking place in the overall software industry also has an impact on the DBMS market, and the majority of organizations are planning to make use of the public cloud for their database management. Using public cloud platforms to manage databases deliver benefits such as greater scalability, lower cost, and less maintenance.

As of January 2020, around 56 percent of software developers worldwide work with MySQL databases, while about 36.1 percent of developers work with the open source PostgreSQL databases, making these the two most widely used database technologies by developers around the globe. The most sought-after database skills among software developers worldwide include MongoDB and again PostgreSQL. Many DBMSs are free, open-source technologies such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, but large companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM also play an important role in shaping the industry. Open source DBMSs have been gaining popularity over the years; as of July 2020, commercial DBMSs and open source DBMSs are almost equally popular among users.

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