HP and Oracle Battle in Court!!

by Joshua L
The article I read for this week is pretty interesting and also entertaining. It discusses the recent relationship between HP and Oracle that has gone sour over the duration of the past two years since their long fruitful relationship ended on a bad note. HP filed the suit being heard next week. It wants a court to declare that the so-called Hurd Agreement reached in September 2010 is a binding contract and that Oracle breached it by dropping Itanium development. HP also accused Oracle of libel and defamation, saying the company lied when it said that Intel was planning to kill Itanium. HP said Oracle was pulling development from Itanium in a bid to pull customers over to its own hardware, which came from HPs acquisition of Sun.

I found this article interesting because it’s like a huge soap opera. CEO going from one company to the other. It’s like a high school friendship gone bad and one friend took the other’s girlfriend. I think that these companies were better off working together to develop more innovative things and stop working against each other and causing each other problems.

This article relates to class because Oracle is  one of the main database software providers and their company’s future will play a part in the industry we are going into.


Lawson, Stephen. “Oracle-HP Trial Will Trace an Ill-fated Partnership.” Computerworld. IDG.net, 1 June 2012. Web. 04 June 2012. <http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227687/Oracle_HP_trial_will_trace_an_ill_fated_partnership?taxonomyId=173>.

3 thoughts on “HP and Oracle Battle in Court!!

  • June 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve been seeing a lot tension among companies not just HP and Oracle but for example Apple and Samsung. Companies should work together to bring innovation and better profits. I know they must be hurting in this economy but working together i believe is the way to go.

  • June 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    As stated before, I think companies should focus on their products and services instead of trying to get money from other companies. I understand the concept of protecting your assets and copyrights, but racking up legal fees instead of investing that toward products is not a productive way to do business.

  • June 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Working together is unrealistic, all companies have an obligation to their equity holders, which is to make money. It is a competitive global economy, and the competitive force is what drives us to the most innovative, technology driven advancements in the last century. We need competition, and so I think that it is great that companies are fighting to be on top, it’s just healthy competition.

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