HP is reportedly dumping Oracle Siebel's CRM system and penning a deal with Salesforce for 35,000 to 40,000 seats as a precursor to potentially moving wholesale to the new system.
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According to Trip Chowdry, analyst at Global Equities Research, HP is "completely shutting down Oracle Siebel, which contacts tell us has made Oracle furious" in a move which could save HP 40% to 50% in costs.
He added that should the deal with Salesforce come to fruition, HP CEO Leo Apotheker, who recently pledged to resume annual raises, will give a keynote at Salesforce' Dreamforce event early next month.
It appears that the spat between Oracle and HP is set to continue for some time yet.