"What you're seeing from Oracle is, we're integrating more of our IP" -- intellectual property -- "into total systems that bring our customers significant performance and cost advantages," said Oracle President Mark Hurd as reported in a [url "http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_18981702?nclick_check=1" "story by Brandon Bailey for mercurynews.com." Hurd is becoming increasingly visible as a member of the Oracle executive team to the extent that outsiders are crediting him with adding strength to Oracle's hardware operations which John Fowler heads up, even though Hurd's province at Oracle is sales. Hurd made no mention of the changes in leadership at HP during his talk and did not answer questions on that subject. He will be a prominent figure at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco next week.
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