Oracle chief Mark Hurd hits Australia



blog We believe this has been in the works for a while, but it’s finally broken the surface of the media. News arrives today via iTNews (as usual, we recommend you click here for the full article) that Oracle’s global co-president Mark Hurd (who you may also remember from his years leading HP) is in Australia. The publication writes this afternoon in what appears to be an exclusive interview with Larry’s offsider:

“Hurd, who had a brief stint on the pro tennis circuit, is in Melbourne for the Australian Open and some wining and dining of key clients.”

It is possible *cough* that Delimiter will have the chance shortly to grab some facetime with Hurd, so if you have questions for the Oracle supremo, please feel free to post them in the comments. Personally we’re pretty interested in how Oracle’s Australian in-country cloud strategy is evolving, as well as the unusual nature of the vendor’s close relationship with the National Australia Bank, and the usual question of when the hell Oracle is going to stop charging so goddamn much for its products, but you know, that’s just us. You know the routine. If you want to know stuff, just ask us, and we’ll try and make sure your voices are heard. See what we did there? Yeap. That’s just how we roll.

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  1. My biggest question I would like to see Oracle answer is when are they going to start being realistic regarding licensing Oracle products in VMware & Hyper-V. Working for a Cloud Provider, Oracle makes things extremely difficult for people wanting to migrate to the cloud due to archaic licensing requirements. Funnily enough they waive these requirements if customers use OVS!

  2. Ask him if he feels good about running a once great company like HP into the ground through short term cost cutting.

  3. Are they planning to dump Java, or actually spend some resources sorting out all the problems with it? The security issues over the past week have demonstrated just how bad the situation is, with the Department of Homeland Security recommending everyone disables or uninstalls the plugin. Websites making use of Java are now seriously considering the security implications for their businesses and customers. Only a serious about-face from Oracle will have any impact on the exodus away from Java, a huge job considering the arrogantly dismissive attitude they took towards these critical vulnerabilities for a third of a year. Talk about destroying customer confidence – if they wanted to kill Java they couldn’t have gone about it better.

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