Oracle vs. SAP: Sound or Fury?

Larry Ellison's high-profile charges may be only PR, but that may be all he wants

Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Lawrence J. Ellison sure knows how to kick 'em when they're down: On Mar. 22, two days after reporting blockbuster sales of Oracle's (ORCL) business software in a conference call that included potshots at archrival SAP (SAP), the company filed suit in a federal court in San Francisco, claiming SAP employees stole 10,000 tech-support files from its computers in a case of "corporate theft on a grand scale."

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