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Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) workshop : the later years

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The relational database pioneers in attendance discussed the evolution of the industry from the late 1980s through the end of the 1990s. They covered a wide range of subjects including other companies in the relational database business, the growth of each of the companies, the problems that they ran into and how the use of relational databases migrated from decision support to transaction processing. They talked about the reasons for the dramatic growth that took place and how each of the companies handled this growth and the subsequent competition. They described the mergers and acquisitions that took place and who is remaining standing in the marketplace. They discussed the impact of Microsoft entering the market and the impact of PCs, the Internet and the World Wide Web. They speculated on what would be happening in the future in terms of technologies and applications.




Blasgen, Michael W., Participant; Editor
Bohl, Marilyn, Participant
Butterworth, Paul, Participant
Capek, Peter G., Historian
Chamberlin, Donald, Participant
Codd, Sharon, Participant
Date, Chris J., Participant
Grad, Burt, Moderator; Participant
Haderle, Don, Participant
Haigh, Thomas, Historian
Harrington, Roy, Participant
Held, Jerry, Participant
Hoffman, Mark, Participant
Humphries, Mike, Participant
Jacobs, Ken, Participant
Jerger, Douglas, Participant
Johnson, Luanne, Participant
Lindsay, Bruce, Participant
MacDonald, Robert, Interviewee
Mahoney, Michael, Historian
Phillips, Jan, Participant
Rowe, Lawrence (Larry), Participant
Schuster, Stu, Participant
Sippl, Roger, Participant
Strickland, Jim, Participant
Zloof, Moshe, Participant


Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA, USA


40 p.




ASK; Computer Associates; IBM DB2; Illustra; IMS; Informix; Ingres Corporation; International sales; Internet; Microsoft Corporation; Non-relational databases; Oracle; Relational Database Systems, Inc. (RDS); SAP; SQL Server; Sybase; University relations; XML

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Oral history collection


Software Industry Special Interest Group

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