IDC looks at the Associative Model of Data.

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The IDC opinion reflected on the need for combining data from multiple sources, the managing of data over time, and support for the semantic rules governing the data as both the data and its definitional characteristics change.

`Yet,' continues the report, `relational database management systems are inherently limited in their ability to provide such support.' It was this realisation that prompted Simon Williams to found Lazy Software, the developer of Sentences, an innovative database management system written in Java and based on the Associative Model of Data. According to IDC, `Sentences appears to offer clear benefits in a number of key areas of data management that are not especially well served by relational or object-relational DBMS technology.' It concludes, `Sentences represents the rebirth of an old idea; that databases are about more than just storing and...

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