This looks like a plausible scenario to me
NCR spun out Teradata two years after Hurd left to become president and CEO at HP in 2005. This was perhaps a very stupid thing to do, but it made some shareholders and investment bankers some quick cash — just like Oracle buying up Teradata might do to give the software giant some real credibility in data warehousing.
Who better to manage a Teradata acquisition than Hurd? No one else on earth.
"I believe Oracle's strategy of combining software with hardware will enable Oracle to beat IBM in both enterprise servers and storage," said Hurd in the statement Oracle put out announcing his appointment. "Exadata is just the beginning. We have some exciting new systems we are going to announce later this month at Oracle OpenWorld. I'm excited to be a part of the most innovative technology team in the IT industry."