HP is reportedly dumping Oracle Siebel's CRM system and penning a deal with Salesforce for 35,000 to 40,000 seats as a precursor to potentially moving wholesale to the new system.
According to Trip Chowdry, analyst at Global Equities Research, HP is "completely shutting down Oracle Siebel, which contacts tell us has made Oracle furious" in a move which could save HP 40% to 50% in costs.
He added that should the deal with Salesforce come to fruition, HP CEO Leo Apotheker, who recently pledged to resume annual raises, will give a keynote at Salesforce' Dreamforce event early next month.
It appears that the spat between Oracle and HP is set to continue for some time yet.
This was first published in November 2010