Marc Benioff

Benioff Blames Ellison for his Removal at OpenWorld Conference as Speaker

Marc BenioffThe chief executive of Salesforce.com, Marc Benioff, and onetime friend Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, said he is removed as the speaker of the OpenWorld conference by Oracle that will commence this week in San Francisco. He blames his friend Ellison for this move.

According to a tweet from Benioff’s twitter he said, “Larry just cancelled my keynote tomorrow! Beware of the false cloud,”Benioff is undeterred despite of his removal and announced that he moved his appearance to the St. Regis. “The show must go on! Sorry Larry!”, he said.

According to a statement, Oracle described the cancellation as a scheduling change because of the heavy attendance at the conference.

“Due to the overwhelming attendance at Oracle OpenWorld we had to make several session changes,” according to the statement that the Oracle company representative released. “The Salesforce.com Executive Solution Session was moved to Thursday at 8:00am in the Novellus Theatre.” The company added.

This changes made by Oracle conflicted with Benioff’s planned travel and he would not be able to attend the said conference.

In this matter, It seems that there is still a conflict between Ellison and Benioff, who told CNET in 2004 that “We made Larry Ellison a lot of money on the IPO, but I haven’t really got my thank-you call yet from him.”