DATA & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Over the years the vendor rankings in the Data and Information Management category have shifted between the three major players: IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. This year IBM takes the top spot, significantly increasing its technical and financial satisfaction scores and boosting its overall rating by seven points.
IBM's technical rankings likely got a boost when it released DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10, new editions of its core database and data warehouse software with new capabilities for handling "big data" and tools for automating data management chores. Microsoft's technical satisfaction scores also rose this year-the company's SQL Server 2012 database release was popular in the channel-but not enough to overcome IBM's gains.