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"I believe in doing what is right and moving on," added the HP-Oracle partner. "Mark Hurd did well for HP and I am sure they will do well without him. Is it necessary to pull all these punches? They are all top-notch executives."
Future Tech's Venero said he does not believe the mudslinging will impact sales in the pipeline or customer technology solution purchase decisions. "I don't think it will hinder sales," he said. "But it will bring questionable conversation around what is the focus of these organizations. I think people are giving the wrong advice and wrong direction to both Ray Lane and Larry Ellison. With the economic climate the way it is you would think there would be a lot more focus on sales growth, partner support and value -- not mudslinging."
One source close to HP, who did not want to be identified, said the debate needs to return to channel economics, such as Oracle's recent decision to cut maintenance renewals for some Sun partners.
The source also said some partners are losing sight of the essential HP partner proposition in the wake of all the rhetoric. "HP has a consistent message to the channel," he said. "You take care of us. We'll take care of you."