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Novell Continues to Show Signs of Crumbling

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Much like buybacks (Novell recently resorted to them [1, 2]), changing of heads in a company is a great sign of weakness. This continues to happen at Novell.



Some weeks ago we noted that some head-changing moves in Novell Canada ought to at least be mentioned. There is now some clearer proof of this. This one is the latest:

Former Novell Canada president Katie McAuliff is looking at ways to improve channel partner profitability in her new role as Novell Americas channel chief.


More here about the new leadership:

I am very happy for Chevalier for a couple of reasons. First he has paid his dues and deserves a shot at running the Canadian operation. Secondly, he is a channel advocate and will try his best to create a win-win culture for Novell and its ever growing partner base.

Chevalier replaces Katie McAuliff, who is going off to run the Americas channel. I do not want to be overly critical of McAuliff because she made a lot of time for CDN during her tenure as Novell Canada president and I do appreciate that.

The fact that McAuliff spent time here and learned the way this market works will only help Novell Canada partners since she is running that channel.


Related to this but not quite the same, Novell is losing customers to Microsoft. Yet again. We mentioned more examples just an hour ago.

Computer Service Partners, a Raleigh-based IT Integrator was recently selected by CommunityONE Bank, N.A. to migrate 550 employees in 49 different locations from Novell to Microsoft E-mail and Domain Controller solutions, and concurrently consolidate operations at the bank’s corporate data center in Asheboro. CSP will also deploy Cisco IP phone systems initially in seven community offices, and over time implement Cisco Unified Communications solutions organization wide at CommunityONE.


Novell is a frail company. It still relies heavily on its legacy, which is being devoured by competitors, however gradually.

This may be another reason for you or your business not to adopt Novell's 'solutions' (that's how Novell and Microsoft perceive Free software).

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