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Hurd is already working in the sales trenches to bring HP partners into the Oracle fold, said HP partners. "Revenge is very high motivation," said one partner.
HP partners said it is critical that Apotheker move to quickly establish strong ties with channel partners. "It is absolutely critical that in the middle of all of this he gets out to meet with channel partners," said one HP partner. "If he doesn't act decisively he is going to lose the cooperation of a part of the channel."
The latest Ellison attack comes with Oracle threatening to drag Apotheker into court next week. Responding to comments from Lane claiming that Oracle has never offered any evidence that Apotheker was involved in the theft of stolen Oracle material, Ellison said Oracle will provide that evidence next week.
"A few weeks ago I accused HP's new CEO, Leo Apotheker, of overseeing an industrial espionage scheme centering on the repeated theft of massive amounts of Oracle's software" Ellison's statement read. "A major portion of this theft occurred while Mr. Apotheker was CEO of SAP. HP's Chairman, Ray Lane, immediately came to Mr. Apotheker's defense by writing a letter stating, 'Oracle has been litigating this case for years and has never offered any evidence that Mr. Apotheker was involved.' Well, that's what we are planning to do during the trial that starts next Monday."
Ellison said the only way that Apotheker will not be supboenead to testify in the trial is if the new HP CEO does not show up at HP's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters. Both Apotheker and Lane officially start their new jobs at HP on Monday.
"If HP keeps Leo Apotheker far from HP headquarters we cannot subpoena him to testify at that trial," Ellison said. "I don't think Ray Lane wants to risk Leo Apotheker testifying under oath as to why he allowed the theft of Oracle property to continue for 8 months after he was made sole CEO of SAP. I hope I'm wrong, but my guess is that HP's new Chairman, Mr. Lane, will keep HP's new CEO, Mr. Apotheker, far, far away from the Courthouse until this trial is over."