View from BrainShare: Novell in Transition
The company's annual BrainShare event included several product announcements and discussion of strategic shifts.Novell continued to espouse its one Net strategy at its BrainShare 2002 event held in Salt Lake City last week. One Net is a strategy intended to bring instant access to networked information and services, regardless of connection type or platform. Novell is approaching that goal by creating modular services so that, for example, your boss could send an instant message to your phone while you are commuting, saying that the CEO needs a report. You might then use the browser on your phone to log in to your corporate portal, view the report to make sure that it is correct, and send it. You might even send it to the printer on your boss desk. The technologies involved in transactions such as these are Novell Portal Services, NetWare, GroupWise, iFolder, and iPrint. Novell is also launching a marketing campaign that focuses on providing solutions rather than just products, and services rather than just software.
In its software development, Novell is shifting the emphasis toward making applications more modular, platform independent, and focused on standards. For example, a Web Services application will ship with NetWare shortly, and it will run on top of MySQL for NetWare, Apache, Tomcat, and JBOSS. NetWare itself is undergoing a massive overhaul, with the goal being to simplify management. Novells directory services, eDirectory, and DirXML provide the base on which different services exchange information.