Five Companies That Dropped The Ball This Week


Oracle's North American Sales Chief Gone, Hardware Sales Lagging

Oracle had a turbulent week: First, word leaked that Keith Block, head of Oracle's North America business, was gone from the company, this after he wrote messages critical of Oracle management and the company's acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Oracle then saw fit to issue its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings results three days early, which were a mixed bag: Fourth-quarter software license sales jumped 7 percent to $4 billion, but hardware sales fell 16 percent to $977 million.