Charles Phillips, who stepped aside as Oracle's president when former HP CEO Mark Hurd joined the database giant just last month, has been named the CEO and a member of the board of directors at Infor.
The appointment pits Phillips in a head-to-head Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software market share battle against his old company and boss Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
Solution providers said the deal gives the Atlanta provider of ERP software for midsized applications inside knowledge of Oracle's strategy and customer base as Infor moves to increase its share of the ERP market.
"He knows Oracle's strategy and where all the bodies are buried and he is familiar with all of Oracle's largest clients," said Martin Tarr, CEO of Tiburon Technologies, which specializes in migrating legacy application to Oracle, IBM and Microsoft. "It's a huge win for Infor."
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