Some interesting “co-opetition” posturing at Oracle OpenWorld
Neither side directly addressed the tensions. HP Executive Vice President of Enterprise Business Ann Livermore was the first keynote this evening, and before launching into her sales pitch to the thousands of IT professionals gathered in Moscone Center on what kinds of services HP offers, she tackled the issue without directly mentioning Hurd.
"First, I want to make some comments on the HP-Oracle partnership," she said, while ticking off some numbers like that the two share 140,000 customers, and that 40 percent of Oracle licenses run on HP equipment. Lest any customers be concerned that drama would disrupt the partnership, she noted, "HP has made a big investment" in supporting Oracle software and customers.
She, along with HP colleague Dave Donatelli, then launched into an hour-long sales pitch explaining how the recent acquisitions HP has made means that the company is more of a services company than most might know.