11.22.10

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Novell Products to Lose Identity Under AttachMSFT

Posted in Identity Management, Novell at 6:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Novell’s Identity Access Management business is also at risk

BASED on what we learned in IRC from people whose job it is to sell/maintain Novell deployments, customers of Novell may soon rush to other companies like Microsoft, just because of the uncertainty around AttachMSFT [sic]. Novell’s financial results were already expected to be bad, but now it is going to be even worse because the Novell brand is likely to become history after decades out there in the market. Despite brand recognition, Identity Access Management is only one of Novell’s wannabe products these days and patents associated with it are being passed to a Microsoft shell. Novell’s PR people desperately try to create interest in Novell’s Identity Management [1, 2] and there is even a new press release in many sites [1, 2, 3]. It failed to generate news coverage and all we could find is this tiny mention. Given the tiny impact Novell’s Identity Management has had, is it likely that AttachMSFT will choose to keep it? Can such an asset be sold at all? It’s just proprietary software without a major userbase or any patents at all (Novell values patents).

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  1. twitter said,

    November 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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    Customers and employees may rush to Microsoft, if they are foolish. Welcome to the end of the slog, the destructive moment that Microsoft people plan and profit from. Here, in their own words, is how they relish the destruction of their neighbors.

    From Evagelism is war:

    Victory. The developers, marketers, and managers of the competing technology give up the sinking ship, and interview for positions at Microsoft. … final victory is reached only when the competing technology’s development team is disbanded, its offices reassigned, its marketing people promoted, etc. You have truly and finally won, when they come to interview for work at Microsoft. Victory is sweet. Savor it. Then, find a new technology to evangelize — and get back to work :-)

    The future of Novel’s technology can be judged by the sentence that precedes the above, which highlights the way Microsoft thinks about formats and standards.

    It is always possible – however unlikely – that competitors like OpenDoc, SOM, OS/2, etc, could rise from the dead… so long as there is still development work being done on them.

    The elimination of Novel does not undo the free software world because free software really is immortal and those who have avoided Microsoft deals and standards are making a ton of money. Google, IBM, Red Hat and many others are glad they worked around the Windows monopoly instead of trying to milk it.

    From this related training document, you should avoid taking a job at any Microsoft related company. They think they own you.

    Job placement. 3,000 people are about to be laid off from Apple. I can help those guys find jobs. Then they owe me their livelihood. They owe me their car payment, their mortgage, their daughter’s braces, and that’s a lot to owe somebody. ISVs are looking for people. I know of companies that are looking for people who have certain skills. If I can fill that position, then the company owes me. And the guy who got the position owes me. Cool.

    Not cool. In a nutshell, stay far away from anyone who has anything to do with Microsoft. The company is evil and their representatives have these thoughts about you while pretendending to be “nice guys”.

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