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HP-Oracle saga keeps on roiling: Top April 2011 blogs

HP's decision to sue Adrian Jones and the Google-CSC implementation fiasco in Los Angeles kept readers clicking in April.

HP’s decision to sue Adrian Jones, plus the Google-CSC implementation fiasco in Los Angeles and the resignation of Oracle’s CFO kept readers clicking in April.

The continuing Hewlett-Packard, Oracle soap opera is a gift that keeps on giving. The most-read Channel Marker blog post for April was about HP’s decision to sue Adrian Jones, a former HP exec, who had joined Oracle as a senior vice president.

Other hot spots for the month involved the Google-CSC implementation fiasco in Los Angeles and the resignation of Oracle's CFO.

For your perusal, here are the top five Channel Marker blogs for April 2011.

1: HP sues Adrian Jones, war with Oracle rages on
Several long-time HP partners said it would get messy and it did. Just weeks after Adrian Jones quit his HP gig in Asia, he showed up at Oracle. Then it didn’t take long for HP to turn around and sue Jones for theft of trade secrets. HP, since its deposed former CEO Mark Hurd ended up at Oracle, seems outright obsessed with this new rivalry with its erstwhile software partner.  Stay tuned on this one.

2: LA proving a tarpit for Google, CSC
You know that expression “be careful what you wish for”? Google probably should take note. Google wanted/needed a big-time customer to show that Google Apps can hold its own versus Microsoft Office/Exchange Server. And it got one in the city of Los Angeles where Computer Sciences Corp. would help deploy Google Apps Premier Edition to 30,000 users including the LA cops. Small problem: LA is beyond furious that the promised Google Apps implementation did not roll out as planned. The snafu casts doubts on whether Google Apps truly is enterprise ready. Although some might argue that Microsoft Exchange has its own, ahem, issues.

3: Oracle CFO resigns
It’s never good when the CFO of a ginormous, publicly held company resigns without a good reason. (Not that anyone ever believes the stated reason anyway.) So flags popped up when Jeff Epstein left Oracle Corp. after four years. Some expected an earnings restatement—which has not happened. Others reported that Epstein was heading to Infor to rejoin Charles Phillips, who is Infor CEO. Phillips was co-president of Oracle before Mark Hurd came aboard. No additional word on that one either.

4: Microsoft's cloud conundrum
Sun Microsystems’ CEO Scott McNealy used to call Microsoft Windows “a hairball.” It was not a compliment. McNealy was wrong about many things, but probably not about that. And now it appears to some that Microsoft is replicating its hairball in the cloud.

The company last month said that—instead of building a truly cloud-enabled ERP application from the ground up for its Azure cloud—it is moving three out of its four (4!) existing ERP products to Azure.

 Please note: None of Microsoft’s current hosted apps, not Business Productivity Office Suite (BPOS), not CRM Online, nothing yet runs on Azure itself. Yet Microsoft wants all other software developers to build for Azure. OK, to be fair, Azure is younger than BPOS and CRM Online, but this ERP thing? Why not use this opportunity to build a single, truly cloudy ERP application that can then be customized by VARs for vertical apps, etc.?

Sooooo, the next release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV (that’s one of the aforementioned four ERP lines for those not required by law to memorize Microsoft’s byzantine branding) will run on Azure, although it will not be built from scratch to run on Azure.

One word: Oy.

5: SAP loses its Wookey. Will he show up at HP?
When word surfaced on Twitter that John Wookey left SAP in mid-April, there was a lot of chatter about what that meant for SAP’s struggling online ERP efforts. The timing was interesting: The news that both Wookey and David Meyer left hit the interwebs just a month before SAP’s big Sapphire 2011 conference. Before joining SAP, Wookey also won plaudits for his work on the Oracle applications side of the business. Speculation was that Wookey would soon show up at Hewlett-Packard, which is now run by former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker.

Check out the top Channel Marker blogs for March 2011.

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