Solution providers said the childish mudslinging between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle is distracting from the business at hand: growing technology solution sales in the midst of an economic downturn.
"Both companies need to get out of the high-school lunchroom and focus on supporting their partners and growing sales," said Bob Venero, president and CEO of Future Tech Enterprise, a Holbrook, N.Y., VAR500 company. "This is just rhetoric and dirty laundry that shouldn't be aired externally."
Venero's comments came after the HP-Oracle feud took yet another nasty twist with Oracle poised to drag new HP CEO Leo Apotheker into the final phase of a legal battle with Apotheker's former employer, SAP.
Oracle has put Apotheker on notice that he will be called as a witness in a trial centered on the theft of stolen customer materials from Oracle.
SAP already has said it would not fight Oracle's contention that an SAP subsidiary stole customer materials from Oracle and then used those materials to win over customers.
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