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More Hostile Fire Over Novell CEO Interview (Corrected)

Ron Hovsepian smiles



A few days ago we wrote about Jim Zemlin's interview with Ron Hovsepian. Glyn Moody characterised this as journalistic scum (see corrections at the bottom) criticised it because the interview contained nothing but fluff and no grilling was actually involved.

It turns out that Jim Zemlin was not the only victim whose role in the interview (seemingly more of a setup or staged act) led to gentle insults. Watch this reaction in ComputerWorld, which came under some fire by at least one reader.

While training is important, Hovsepian explained, it has to be balanced against the financial demands confronting Novell. "The cycle time is the biggest issue," he said. "The brutality of the pressure the company has to operate under in 90 days is what drives us."

I was taken to task by one reader for letting Hovsepian get away with that comment.

"I am greatly disappointed that you report without any critical analysis what the employers wish to propagate," he wrote. "What utter BS! It takes them more than 90 days just to make a decision! It's nothing to do with the 'pressure' in the marketplace, but everything to do with hiring the cheapest H-1B peasant programmer at the lowest price."


Look back at our previous post about the economic downturn. Novell has actually been sending jobs abroad to reduce operation/running costs, but so have other large companies including Intel, Microsoft and Dell (the 'unholy trinity' of kickbacks).

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