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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.

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  1. HP and the Magnificent Madness of Big Company Shuffles « SmoothSpan Blog

    […] Larry Ellison is “speechless”, but of course, not really.  Insiders are either depressed and hate the Board or happy and fired up, depending on who you talk to.  My colleagues among the Enterprise Irregulars are sharply split and opinions range from not saying anything if you have nothing good to say, to applauding the potent polymath team HP now possesses at the top (sorry, needed to get those P’s in for impact!).  There is talk of software being the “glue” (good thing it isn’t the foundation as it’s only 3% of HPQ’s revenues) and rewriting of legacies.  There is talk of this new CEO’s abrasive style.  That one worries me a bit.  The HP’ers I’ve known have been sensitive to this, and both Hurd and Carly Fiorina had problems with the rank and file not liking them.  It isn’t clear that Apotheker sets out to be a well-liked leader.  OTOH, a lot of the folks that like Leo for the job have experience seeing him in action, so maybe his style isn’t such a problem.  I’m from the school that thinks CEO’s need to be tough, but fair, and hopefully right.  Zoli Erdos, who is also an ex-SAP’er is less complimentary, but characteristically funny: […]