InfoWorld: XML for the rest of us: December 19, 2003: By Jon Udell: Standards and Protocols "“The relational database is designed to serve up rows and columns,” said BEA’s Adam Bosworth in his keynote talk. “But our model of the world is documents. It’s, ‘Tell me everything I want to know about this person or this clinical trial.’ And those things are not flat, they’re complex. Now we have the way to get not only the hospital records and prescriptions but also the doctor’s write-ups.”
It would be helpful if people stopped suggesting DBMS and XML are either/or, or that there's something broken about the DBMS approach. Check out Modeling Business Objects With XML Schema for a great read on the complementary nature of the DBMS/XML relationship.