Systems and services giant Fujitsu Siemens has appointed Paul Stodden as its new chief executive.
Stodden, former chief executive of the IT Services division, was recently responsible for restructuring Siemens's information technology service.
He will fill the position left when Winfred Hoffman and Robert Hoog stepped down as joint chief executives of the company.
Since the merger of Fujitsu and Siemens last September, there has been speculation of a rift between Hoffman and Hoog (PC Dealer, 25 August 1999).
This rumour intensified following reports that Hoffman threatened to quit the company if he was not made chief executive. But these claims have always been denied by the firm.
Speaking on his appointment, Stodden said: "We want to be a reliable partner that will help utilise the opportunities provided by e-business and the mobile world."
At the same time, Fujitsu Siemens announced its own server appliance based around Oracle's 8i database, formerly code-named Raw Iron.
From April, Fujitsu Siemens will put Oracle 8i on its Primergy server line in an attempt to attack the small business market. The product will also target Internet service providers and application service providers.
Dietram Hoffmann, director of strategic business for Fujitsu Siemens Europe, said the company will be rolling out 8i from 17 April. "We aim to take five per cent of Intel-based services by the end of the first year, with a 90 per cent annual growth each year after that," he said.
Half of the company's sales for the new database are expected to come from database-only machines. But Hoffmann said that, like any new technology, customers will need time to re-adjust to what he described as a "new paradigm".
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