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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Database Management Systems
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

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How much should I pay for Database Management Systems?

What is the average price of Database Management Systems?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Database Management Systems. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Database Management Systems been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Database Management Systems yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Database Management Systems?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Database Management Systems with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The DBMSs market exhibits a high level of market share concentration because the top four suppliers make up about 75.0% of revenue in 2020. Currently, there are about 400 suppliers of DBMSs. Consolidation has become more prevalent in the three years to 2020 as larger firms acquire smaller firms to... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Vendor Lock-In

What proprietary software or technology do you use? How might your proprietary software affect my staff’s ability to maintain and troubleshoot in-house?

To what extent can our data be extracted from your software in a raw format? Can data be removed if we do not renew?

Can I integrate your content with other vendor software, such as CRM/VRM programs?

To what extent can we use our own systems to avoid using your proprietary software and technologies?


What are the various stages of your hiring process? What specialized skills do you require your programmers to possess?

How do you recruit and retain senior staff?

How do you keep your wage costs under control?

How do you keep record of employees’ prior training and certifications?


What improvements to your DBMSs products are you currently planning?

What new features have you added in the past year to make your product more functional? What improvements do your customers request most frequently?

How often is maintenance performed? Will my service be disrupted during maintenance, and how much notice will be given of planned disruptions?

What is the size of your R&D budget?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should specify their budget for the DBMSs and related services.

Buyers can reference the benchmark price and total cost of ownership sections of this report for assistance in creating a budget.

Buyers should indicate when payment will occur. For example, buyers should state whether they will pay over the length of the contract or pay up front.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate vendors based on their industry experience, such as the number of implemented projects and the number of similar projects that were successful.

Buyers should confirm that providers offer products and services that fall within the desired budget outlined in the RFP.

Buyers should look for vendors that offer DBMSs and customer support that meet the requirements of the RFP.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should outline the timeline for the project.

Buyers need to include the date when proposals are due and when the award will be announced.

Buyers should include key benchmark dates, such as the date by which implementation of the new system must occur and the dates on which user training should occur.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The supply chain risk for buyers of DBMSs is low. Due to the highly globalized nature of computer equipment and software, drastic changes in the availability of inputs for suppliers are unlikely. While the hiring of qualified software programmers for the development of DBMSs can be competitive, this factor does... Subscribe to learn more.