There is a huge push in the industry right now to build "value added" services into database platforms. CNet has an article on this topic, focusing on IBM's upcoming offerings. The article points out the similarities between upcoming DB2 versions and Yukon, including both platforms moving towards XQuery support (MS on the leading edge it appears) and also towards the implementation of EII/unified data source/integration technologies. It is all heavily focused on leveraging existing assets and putting customers in a position where they don't have to buy too many widgets. I think that's a good thing, and its nice to see the vendors aggressively pursuing these types of competitive features.