A big thank you to Jason Corsello, who has been trying to make sense out of the suit – counter-suit action between Softscape and SuccessFactors.
It’s a messy business that puts nobody in a good light, but here’s the gist of what’s been going on:
Softscape placed sensitive information about SuccessFactors and its products in a PowerPoint presentation, which was apparently used internally.
This document was then circulated by a ‘John Anonymous’ to a targeted list of SuccessFactors customers and prospect, as well as vendors, analysts and other influencers
SuccessFactors soon found out about it and sued Softscape for all sorts
Softscape counter-sued because … oh well, heck, because they could
Jason has been doing a great job of keeping track of this through this post and an earlier one. He asks three pertinent questions:
- How did Softscape get access to all of the the information in the presentation not obtained on the demo site?
- Who is “John Anonymous”?
- How did John Anonymous get his hands on so many highly targeted email addresses?
To which I would add a fourth question:
Given how poorly Softscape comes out of this in terms of public perception, it can’t have been an executive decision there, surely. And given how much of SuccessFactors’s time this is wasting, surely it can’t have been anyone there.
And yet what would any individual hope to gain from this?