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Novell Drops Another Event and Loses Major Contract with City of Los Angeles

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Summary: Another event off the calendar for Novell

FIRST it was BrainShare 2009 and now this:

For the first time ever, Salt Lake hosted the Meeting Professionals International.

"That is the association of people who plan meetings and conventions for a living," White explained.

But Novell won't be meeting at the Salt Palace this year; it's their first cancellation in 20 years. They've promised to be back next year.


BrainShare 2009 was canceled due to low demand and Novell is working hard to make it happen next year, which is still doubtful because Novell has debt and problematic business performance.

In other news, it seems as though the City of Los Angeles will soon abandon GroupWise. That's a lot of lost seats.

The controversy centers on a plan by the City of Los Angeles to replace its Novell GroupWise e-mail and Microsoft Office applications with Google Apps. Under the $7.25 million plan, the city will transition about 30,000 users to Google's e-mail and office productivity products by the end of December 2009.


Yesterday we wrote about Novell losijng the ACCC as a customer. Here is another report about Novell being dumped.

The ACCC has 790 users with 888,000 documents in the TRIM repository, and over 4.6 million MS Office documents on Novell file and print servers around the country. These servers will be decommissioned as part of the centralisation process. Once the new interface is deployed, all documents will be lodged and searched through TRIM to the central platform housed in Canberra, thereby removing the need for personal or network drives.


Like all companies, Novell will pretend it's business as usual. Fair enough, everyone's doing it. But to assume Novell is a safe long-term bet is not so smart.

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