ACCPAC goes Linux
Accounting software vendor ACCPAC, now a division of Computer Associates, has released a version of its products for Linux servers and desktops. The vendor's "Advantage Series" product is the first mid-market accounting package ported to the Linux operating system for both the server and desktop. Reduced costs are seen as a significant differentiating factor for such a solution. While Linux is widely adopted at the server level, it is yet to take off at the desktop. IDC reports that it is growing at over 100 per cent off the desktop, but this is from an extremely small base.
Oracle still DB king
A recent analyst report on the relational database market puts Oracle in pole position, though Microsoft will quickly gain ground as customers become more confident about its software and seek new ways to reduce their IT budgets. The Meta Group report examines the four top database vendors against a dozen criteria. Oracle9i came out on top in most areas including technology, services and execution. But change is in the air. Customers are looking to cut costs by using servers based on Intel processors, which tend to be less expensive than the RISC-based machines most often used to run large databases. This will benefit Microsoft, whose latest operating system is proving to be surprisingly reliable and scalable.