New tools integrating Visual Studio with SQL Server give developers and DBAs a chance to resolve conflicting perspectives with the same tools.

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Its connectivity and integration tools continue to set the mark for others in the industry. In 2006, the company’s new XQuery technology joined the fray and made its mark.

DB2 9 “Viper” offered its users improved compression and data management, and accessed data in Oracle and MySQL databases without special tweaking.

Caché 2007 introduced the Zen framework for rich platform-independent applications, and the Jalapeño component that enables object persistence without mapping, reducing development cycles.

Although not quite a big boy yet, the open source database continues to gain acceptance as it adds industrial-strength features.

Oracle remains the 800-pound gorilla of enterprise database management systems. Although the increased concentration on services may detract from the company’s core competency, it hasn’t yet.

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