Was Oracle’s Larry Ellison smart to hire ex HP CEO Mark Hurd? Watch out Solaris and Java projects?

(Last Updated On: September 7, 2010)

Was Oracle’s Larry Ellison smart to hire ex HP CEO Mark Hurd? Watch out Solaris and Java projects?
As usual, I found this on Bloomberg. I have never liked Hewlett Packard product as they always prove to nothing more than junk to me. I had a new laptop a few months ago where the power button decided to die. This was within a few days of ownership. I exchanged it for an Acer which has not given any problems for me yet. Also, I bought a series of Hewlett Packard ink jets printers which were exchanged as well. I am not fan of HP for sure.
Anyhow, as Mr Ellison is scrapping some useful open source and other Sun based projects, it appears the two including an ex HP CEO will lead the acquisitions for Oracle. Can we expect subpar quality in any new Solaris Sparc hardware machines thanks to Mr. Hurd’s cutting costs. What will he do on the software side including Java
Some quotes from the Bloomberg article:
“They’re looking for someone who can take the company above $30 billion; he ran a company that was more than $100 billion. He’s got a very big role and is very capable of running the company someday.”

Did you know this ?
Hurd, 53, exited HP after an investigation of a sexual harassment allegation found inaccurate expense reports filed by Hurd or in his name. While the company determined that Hurd didn’t violate the harassment policy, it found that he concealed a personal relationship with his accuser, Jodie Fisher, a former actress who handled executive events. Hurd and Fisher, 50, settled her complaint out of court.
Sounds likes Hurd could be a liability.
“Mark did a brilliant job at HP and I expect he’ll do even better at Oracle,” Ellison said in a statement. “There is no executive in the IT world with more relevant experience than Mark.”
“The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.”
Larry Ellision definitely felt pretty trong about former Apple Board of Directors.

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