Beefed-up XML support capabilities in Oracle's new release of its 9i database software is a good thing--but it's not the only thing.
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Furthermore, Oracle seeks to move ahead of its two chief competitors in this market, Microsoft and IBM, which are also expected to introduce stronger XML support.
However, although improved XML capabilities in 9i is a logical step for Oracle to take, it won't guarantee future success. Improved XML support alone isn't going to cause a sudden, massive adoption of 9i--the number of enterprises looking to immediately adopt XML database functionality is still small.
In addition, Oracle still has a host of challenges to contend with, among them licensing and pricing issues, manageability issues and a need to prove 9i's scalability.
Although Gartner believes that Oracle is moving in the right direction with the introduction of deeper XML support in the 9i database, this is only one component of the overall puzzle in ensuring future success.
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