The purchase of Novetrix punctuates what has already been a very busy week for Novell. On Monday, Novell announced plans to acquire management consulting vendor Cambridge Technology Partners in a deal worth approximately $266 million. As part of the acquisition, Novell chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt said he will leave the position of CEO, allowing Cambridge president and CEO Jack Messman to assume the head post at Novell. Schmidt said he would continue his role as chairman of the Novell board of directors, with the added role of chief strategist for the company.
According to one analyst, Novell's business will be well served with the addition of a strong service organization, but questions still linger about the company's leadership.
"A company like Novell in the network services infrastructure business would do well to have a professional services arm. It makes sense they would seek one," said Dana Gardner, research director at Aberdeen Group, in Boston. "However, they still have some vision to generate from a management perspective about how Novell will be run better, leaner, and faster under [the new leadership], And how it will exercise its new professional services arm."
"It seems like a marriage of convenience between these companies, but whether this will create progeny that will be of interest to customers and the market at large is a question mark," Gardner added.