HP to snub Oracle Siebel CRM and move 40k staff to Salesforce?

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.

A war of words erupted between HP and Oracle in the summer following the well documented resignation of HP's CEO Mark Hurd, who was then made president at the software giant by Larry Ellison. 

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

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