Oracle’s Ellison declares Word War III on HP and SAP

The formerly somewhat insouciant CEO of Oracle – the man who possesses one pair of shoes that are worth more than an average workers’ lifetime wardrobe – lost it tonight.

Not his pair of shoes, his cool.

In other news, Oracle made a strategic investment in Mellanox, perhaps more important than this personal matter. It took a 10.2 percent stake in Mellanox, the outfit that runs Infiniband – a venture started by Intel – Intel is perhaps Oracle’s temporary friend. The software giant “has no plans” to take over Mellanox.

In a slightly somewhat unprecedented attack on HP, Larry Ellison said that the inking company should change its tagline from “Invent” to “Steal”. It’s not the first time. He lit out against HP and ex-SAP CEO Leo Apotheker last night, too. Last night he appeared to be claiming that Apotheker was hiding in a foreign jurisdiction because he was too frit to be subpoenad in Oracle’s continuing case against the German combine.

Larry Ellison is taking it very personally that Ray Lane, his former henchman at Oracle in the 1990s and now chairman of HP, is defending Leo Apotheker, formerly the chief SAPman.

Said Ellison in a statement:  “HP Chairman Ray Lane has taken the position that Leo Apotheker is innocent of wrongdoing because he didn’t know anything about the stealing going on at SAP while Leo was CEO. The most basic facts of the case show this to be an absurd lie. Oracle sued SAP for stealing in March of 2007. Leo became CEO of SAP in April of 2008. Leo knew all about the stealing. In fact, Leo did not stop the stealing until seven months after he became CEO. Why so long? We’d like to know. Ray Lane and the rest of the HP Board do not want anyone to know. That’s the new HP Way with Ray in charge and Leo on the run. It’s time to change the HP tagline from ‘Invent’ to ‘Steal’.”

Perhaps Ray Lane would like to speak about his time at Oracle. We invite him, as we invited Carly Fiorina before, to use online journalism as a forum where things can be hammered out. We know where you got your shoes.