Software // Information Management
Commentary
3/27/2007
02:26 PM
Cindi Howson
Cindi Howson
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Lawsuit Spotlights Loyalty As Well As Ethics

The BI industry has long been rife with companies suing one another. Most recently, Hyperion and HyperRoll squabbled about patent infringements, finally agreeing to become partners. Business Objects and MicroStrategy kept counter suing each other over a period of five years, with both parties ultimately declaring victory and neither having to pay one another. Last week, Oracle joined the cacophony by filing claim against SAP.

The BI industry has long been rife with companies suing one another. Most recently, Hyperion and HyperRoll squabbled about patent infringements, finally agreeing to become partners. Business Objects and MicroStrategy kept counter suing each other over a period of five years, with both parties ultimately declaring victory and neither having to pay one another. Last week, Oracle joined the cacophony by filing claim against SAP.What is most disturbing about this suit is that it does not involve the muddy waters of patent litigation, but rather, the clearer wrong of corporate espionage. Motivated by greed, hate or the desire to win at all costs, some individuals may cheat along the way. A few rogue individuals, however, does not make the company as a whole corrupt. And yet, multiple SAP employees in multiple locations were allegedly involved in the theft. If these rogue individuals are found guilty, SAP will have to consider whether its company culture encourages unethical behavior.

There is another aspect to this situation that warrants reflection, and that is the role of the Peoplesoft customers. It remains unclear if these customers gave their logons to SAP or if the SAP employees took them without the customers' knowledge. If it is the former, then Oracle needs to take a hard look at itself to understand what motivated these customers to do so. If it was dissatisfaction with their current supplier, then perhaps Oracle has a valuable lesson to learn about customer loyalty.

In other BI litigation news, I find it amazingly quiet on the newsfront on Informatica's outstanding lawsuit against Business Objects, filed when the latter acquired Acta. The suit went to jury trial this month, yet there hasn't been a peep about it in the press or from either vendor.

Cindi Howson, author of BIScorecard product reviews.The BI industry has long been rife with companies suing one another. Most recently, Hyperion and HyperRoll squabbled about patent infringements, finally agreeing to become partners. Business Objects and MicroStrategy kept counter suing each other over a period of five years, with both parties ultimately declaring victory and neither having to pay one another. Last week, Oracle joined the cacophony by filing claim against SAP.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014
Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.