Tuesday, September 7, 2010

All of a sudden it seems like nothing but lawsuits

What is going on in this world?

Just looking at the HP/Oracle thing for a bit, how will this story play out? I've seen it suggested that this all goes back to the pretexting mess of 2006; the New York Times article goes on to say:

According to “The Big Lie: Spying, Scandal and Ethical Collapse at Hewlett-Packard,” an authoritative account by the former BusinessWeek writer Anthony Bianco, Mr. Hurd was very involved in H.P.’s efforts to hunt down the leakers. After the scandal broke, he hijacked H.P.’s internal investigation, hiring an outside law firm and ordering it to report directly to him, instead of the board, which is the normal practice.

I've also read that Oracle had been recruiting Hurd for some time, and that they simply made their move when he became available. I know one thing for sure: I'm not the only one confused by what's going on!

When I was young, and just starting out in the computer field, Hewlett Packard was always associated with Management by Walking Around and In Search of Excellence and so forth:

we dropped by a small calculator and electronics store the other day to buy a programmable calculator. The salesman's product knowledge, enthusiasm, and interest in us were striking and naturally we were inquisitive. As it happened, he was not a store employee at all, but a twenty-eight-year-old Hewlett-Packard (HP) development engineer getting some first-hand experience in the users' response to the HP product line. We had heard that a typical assignment for a new MBA or electrical engineer was to get involved in a job that included the practical aspects of product introduction. Damn! Here was an HP engineer behaving as enthusiastically as any salesman you'd ever want to see.

HP: Wha' happen?

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