I have read so many articles on how Ellison’s grab of former HP CEO Hurd and latest round of insults is a none too subtle jab at HP letting them know in the words of a famous cartoon duck, “This means war!”
Well golly gee commentators you think HP didn’t know this as soon as Oracle snatched up Hurd? Which brings me to a great article written by Rob Enderle at TechNewsWorld (”HP: Finally Some Heroics in a Corporate Boardroom“). He is pretty much saying what I have been thinking… which is kind of freaky. Let me explain. No, that will take too long. Let me sum up.
Oracle goes for blood, they always have, always will. Probably the only thing I actually like about them honestly, but perhaps another time on that. The second Oracle began making overtures towards Hurd, which was not long after Larry Ellison basically called HP idiots for firing Hurd, HP understood that there would be something ugly between them and Oracle.
Which defined their CEO choice. Despite of what you might have read in other articles, Leo Apotheker (former CEO of SAP for almost 20 years) is not a failure. Oracle has a history of killing companies such as PeopleSoft and they are highly effective at it. Despite that SAP still continues to do business. Sure they are not an absolute dynamo running Oracle under the ground, but I challenge any CEO to do a better job at handling the competition from Oracle like Apotheker did.
And now, after investing a large part of his life in SAP, he is jobless. He’s pissed and that anger is directed at Oracle. If my company was in a war against Oracle, I don’t think there is a better choice than Apotheker. But then again that’s just me.