February 27, 2007

Opportunities for disruption in the OLTP database management market (deck-clearing post #2)

The standard Clayton Christensen “Innovator’s Dilemma” disruption narrative goes something like this:

And it’s really hard for market leaders to avert this sad fate, because the short- and intermediate-term margin hit would be too great.

I think the OLTP DBMS market is ripe for that kind of disruption – riper than commentators generally realize. Here are some key potential drivers:


7 Responses to “Opportunities for disruption in the OLTP database management market (deck-clearing post #2)”

  1. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services»Blog Archive » Oracle, Tangosol, objects, caching, and disruption on March 25th, 2007 3:19 pm

    […] This all fits the market disruption narrative. […]

  2. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services»Blog Archive » Naming the DBMS disruptors on April 18th, 2007 11:40 pm

    […] should you care? Yes. Overall, there’s a swelling, rather classical, disruption story. And if you’re an enterprise looking to consolidate your DBMS suppliers, you would do well […]

  3. Jags Ramnarayan on July 30th, 2007 1:23 pm

    Checkout this article from Jim Gray that offers substantial evidence to why radically restructured database architectures will take hold going forward -> http://www.acmqueue.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=293

    GemStone systems (known for its Object database) now offers a distributed, active, memory oriented data infrastructure for very high performance data sharing. Instead of being passive like the traditional relational database, it combines features in pub-sub messaging, databases and continuous querying (stream data processing) in a “data fabric”. http://jagslog.blogspot.com/2006/07/introducing-distributed-data-fabric.html

    Jags Ramnarayan

  4. Curt Monash on July 30th, 2007 1:30 pm

    Hi Jags,

    I’m not sure your Jim Gray link works. Do you have a clearer one?

    I thought I had a link to the same article in another post but

    A. It wasn’t to exactly the same article.
    B. It’s broken anyway.



  5. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services » Blog Archive » Supporting evidence for the DBMS disruption story on April 25th, 2008 12:11 am

    […] are suitable for a broad variety of tasks. The overriding theme was a Clayton Christensen-style “disruption” […]

  6. DBMS market competitive overview (Part 1) | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on November 26th, 2010 10:07 pm

    […] As per my recent “deck-clearing” posts, there’s a lot more competitive opportunity in the DBMS industry than many observers […]

  7. Oracle’s evolution — overview | Software Memories on July 30th, 2013 10:07 pm

    […] Oracle in what Clayton Christensen would call the Innovator’s Dilemma position, subject to disruption from below. And so Oracle adopted the Innovator’s Solution with a vengeance, […]

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