Feeds

Ex-PeopleSoft CEO lands on Salesforce.com's board

We'll get you, Larry - this time!

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Salesforce.com has turned its boardroom into a tool for poking and prodding the egos at Oracle. The CRM company today added former PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway to its director list. Yes, Conway has turned on his old staffers apparently with revenge in mind.

Like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Conway once served under Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. This trio hasn't had the prettiest relationship since with Salesforce looking to take PeopleSoft's business, Oracle taking PeopleSoft and now Oracle looking to take Salesforce's business. In fact, Oracle recently upped the competitive rhetoric, saying it would like "to crush" Salesforce.com instead of just buying it. Larry loves his sport.

You've got to believe that Benioff brought Conway on board as a type of political jab. After all, he hasn't always voiced the most respect for Conway's management style.

"I think this could bury him," Benioff told one magazine about PeopleSoft's bid for JD Edwards. "He's trying to buy himself market share, but he's buying the past, not the future. He's doing something non-strategic."

Similar statements have been common between both Benioff and Conway, as they battled for attention.

Now, there's only room for niceties.

"We are delighted that Craig is joining the board," said Benioff. "Craig is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of industry and business knowledge that will benefit salesforce.com . . . Craig's strong operational credentials will be valuable a contribution to our company and we look forward to his guidance and counsel."

In other words, "Help us get revenge. Help us beat Oracle." ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.