September 30, 2010

Ray Lane at HP

Leo Apotheker is taking over as CEO of HP, and Ray Lane as chairman. I don’t know Leo, but I did talk a lot with Ray when he was at Oracle in the 1990s. Quick observations include: 

I have to head out soon to a meeting. More later.

Edit: I’ve added more about Ray Lane and Oracle in the 1990s over on Software Memories.


9 Responses to “Ray Lane at HP”

  1. Mike on September 30th, 2010 5:33 pm

    Oracle adds Sun and Hurd and pursues a “systems” approach that combines HW + SW.

    HP, traditionally a HW company, responds by hiring two software guys who have battled Larry both internally and externally.

    It may be a cold war between HP & Oracle now, but it appears ready to get hot. Will HP merge with SAP to counter the systems sell by Oracle and IBM? Is Dell the odd man out? We live in interesting times.

  2. Ray Lane and the integration of software and consulting at Oracle | Software Memories on October 3rd, 2010 8:33 pm

    […] I mentioned above. Rather, it was Ray Lane. Some of the reason, as I’ve already noted on DBMS 2, was general good management. Ray was also a tireless salesman, for example once telling me of a […]

  3. Notes and links October 3 2010 | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on October 3rd, 2010 9:10 pm

    […] a software guy, Leo Apotheker, as CEO, and a software guy with a liking for high-end services, Ray Lane, as chairman. Now a Leo Apotheker conference call suggests HP will increase its emphasis on […]

  4. Eliot Ness on October 11th, 2010 7:16 pm

    Lane has a serious of fraud issue on his plate already — at Carnegie Mellon:

  5. Curt Monash on October 11th, 2010 7:36 pm

    “Eliot Ness”,

    That site is well-nigh unreadable.

  6. Eliot Ness on October 11th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Yeah, I know, it’s overloaded … I’m going back and simplifying and installing a menu system … but be advised that there is enough material in there to warrant a criminal prosecution for theft-by-deception, which a third-degree felony in the state of Pennsylvania punishable by up to seven years in prison … and Lane should be pursuing it … I’ve made the site an easy-reading comic book with lots of pictures because the target audience is Congress … see

  7. Curt Monash on October 11th, 2010 8:05 pm

    Are you saying Carnegie Mellon did something illegal, and that Lane — in view of his status there — is responsible for running it down?

    Also — what’s your angle here, in regarding this alleged crime as more worthy of your attention than many others?

  8. Eliot Ness on October 13th, 2010 4:26 am

    Lane is toast, a dead-man-walking in near-psychotic denial … but deep down he knows it … which may be why he is so uncharacteristically testy about Hurd/Apotheker.

    I will explain in detail to your company e-mail.

  9. Curt Monash on October 13th, 2010 9:38 am

    Nothing uncharacteristic about Ray’s letter. It was direct, unsparing, and otherwise polite — which is pretty much the way Ray always is in his business interactions.

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