Feeds

Ellison roasts HP chairman for 'absurd lie'

Drop 'invent' for 'steal,' Larry tells partner

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Larry Ellison has broadened his attack on Hewlett-Packard's management by accusing chairman Ray Lane of lying.

On Wednesday afternoon, Oracle's CEO issued a statement calling it an "absurd lie" to say that HP's CEO pick, Leo Apotheker, knew nothing of SAP's alleged theft of Oracle trade secrets.

Apotheker was CEO of SAP for eight inglorious months between May 2009 and February 2010. The alleged theft came through SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow. Oracle is suing SAP, and it arrives court on Monday.

"HP chairman Ray Lane has taken the position that Leo Apotheker is innocent of wrongdoing because he didn't know anything about the stealing going on at SAP while Leo was CEO. The most basic facts of the case show this to be an absurd lie," Ellison said.

"Leo knew all about the stealing. In fact, Leo did not stop the stealing until seven months after he became CEO. Why so long? We'd like to know.

"Ray Lane and the rest of the HP Board do not want anyone to know. That's the new HP Way with Ray in charge and Leo on the run. It's time to change the HP tagline from 'Invent' to 'Steal'."

Did we mention Lane and Ellison used to work together? Lane was Oracle's president and COO until he left ten years ago because Ellison wanted more control of Oracle.

Ellison's statement came after an earlier diatribe on US television network CBS and followed a Ray Lane letter to the New York Times clearing Apotheker of involvement in the claimed theft of Oracle trade secrets. Lane wrote that Apotheker knew nothing of the theft, because the subsidiary wasn't under his control. As CEO, Apotheker closed down TomorrowNow.

But Lane couldn't leave it there. He continued that former HP CEO Mark Hurd was the real liar, having repeatedly violated the HP board's trust after a probe into allegations of sexual harassment found some misreported expenses. HP dumped Hurd and named Apotheker incoming CEO soon after.

Hurd is Ellison's tennis buddy and a close personal friend, and he was hired by Ellison after being ejected from HP to run Oracle's Sun-hardware business.

Ellison laid into HP's board for dumping Hurd, calling them idiots, and accused them if not putting the interests of the company's shareholders first. When HP started legal proceedings against Hurd to stop him working at Oracle on the grounds that Oracle is a competitor, Ellison only got madder.

Oracle's CEO slammed the action against his friend as "vindictive" and warned it was "making it virtually impossible for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT marketplace."

HP then hired Apotheker from Oracle's ERP nemesis SAP.

That - as of Wednesday afternoon, at least - is the story. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?