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"With acquisitions and a channel focused initiative, Hurd can scale Oracle to three times what it is today," Venero said. "Today we have no real focused plan around Oracle. Post-Hurd, we will have an absolute business plan on how to make the new Oracle under Mark's leadership a bigger part of Future Tech."
Don Richie, CEO of Sequel Data Systems, an Austin, Texas-based solution provider and long-time HP partner, said he is no Sun fan.
"But if Hurd does for Oracle what he did at HP, there's a good chance that a lot of HP partners will look at Oracle-Sun," Richie said.
Hurd generated a lot of partner loyalty during his tenure at HP, including at Sequel, Richie said. "He did a lot for us, including sales calls that were partner-focused," he said.
Richie said he is concerned about the health of HP's channels in the wake of the departure of Hurd and of the shift in responsibilities of Adrian Jones, HP's former vice president and general manager for the Americas Solution Provide Organization who is now the vice president and general manager for HP's enterprise storage and server business in Asia Pacific and Japan.
"HP's channels are getting more complicated," he said. "Mark's leaving has left a huge hole on the channel side. With Adrian out, and now Mark Hurd, I see the channel leadership there floundering."
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