DB-Engines has thus declared Microsoft SQL Server as the DBMS of the Year 2016.
For determining the DBMS of the year, we subtracted the popularity scores of January 2016 from the latest scores of January 2017. We use the difference of these numbers, rather than a percentage, because that would favor systems with a tiny popularity at the beginning of the year. The result is a list of DBMSs sorted by how much they managed to increase their popularity in 2016, or in other words, how many additional people started to communicate about it in one of the ways we measure in our methodology, for example job offers, professional profile entries and citations on the web.
DBMS of the Year: Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server has had its ups and downs throughout the years in our rankings, but 2016 was exceptionally good, regaining ground from Oracle, the leading system in the ranking. The release of SQL Server 2016 and the announcement to port SQL Server to Linux has certainly helped to jumpstart interest in that product.