Monday, September 6, 2010

Shake Up at Oracle

Shake Up at Oracle

Hurd is In,

Mark Hurd, a former CEO of a unified NCR & Teradata, who later went on to the systems giant HP, has now returned to a company who has a unified Data Warehousing and Systems giant... but Oracle is also an Applications giant, as well.

Hurd experienced an odd scandal at HP where he had an assistant who was formerly involved in not so savory movies. The accusations are not well disclosed. The sexual-harassment policy was not violated, but apparently HP's standards of business conduct were.

Phillips is Out

Phillips apparently expressed his desire to depart from Oracle after a scandel of his own. Over 8 years, cheating on his wife, to be expressed in billboards across the United States. An adulterer spurned by an adulteress.

Network Management Connection

Bringing a (possibly) strong systems CEO from HP to Sun could be good or bad for the Network Management arena.

While at NCR, Hurd had presided over a company which resold Solaris and SPARC systems and briefly resold Intel Solaris.

While at HP, Hurd's company had a relationship with Sun with reselling Solaris. That relationship was recently renewed.

While Hurd presided over Teradata at NCR, a port of Teradata from 32 bit Intel NCR UNIX to 64 bit SPARC Solaris or 32 bit Intel Solaris was never realized as some speculated or hoped.

SPARC RISC has traditionally been a strong player in the Telecommunications Industry, but HP has traditionally been a company to eliminate various competing RISC architectures internally.

It will be most curious what changes happen at Oracle in regard to the Sun SPARC and Solaris acquisitions, considering the history of the new President. With Solaris and SPARC being the traditional core of real network management applications, the impact may or may not be significant.


  1. Looks like he may be out now

  2. From Paul's link, Hurd may not be out of the new position yet.

    Hurd's experience with Teradata & NCR may be more important than his experience at HP.

    Sun is a small part of Oracle's revenue while systems are HP's primary business. Databases are a non-existent percentage of HP revenue while it is a sizable bulk of Oracle's.

    I don't know if a good judge would see that as competing.