Messman plans to implement Novell's one Net strategy

By Jack McCarthy, InfoWorld |  Networking

Jack Messman, soon to take over as CEO of Novell, said Monday that developers and customers will play an important role in moving with the networking software company as it evolves into a services-related provider.

Messman, president and CEO of management consulting vendor Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), will head up Novell in about 90 days after Novell completes the purchase of CTP.

Speaking at Novell's BrainShare 2001 conference here, Messman said the deal, announced last week, will bring together Novell's evolving technology and CTP's services-focused operations.

"This doubles our areas of expertise, with Novell's technology and the services CTP offers," Messman said "Our mission will be to accelerate clients through e-business solutions that will enable organizations to deliver maximum value."

Messman said it will be up to users and developers to create new applications for the services. "We're not foolish enough to think we can do it alone," he said. "In this room, there are about 7,000 people, including developers, customers, and industry analysts. They are all smart people."

Eric Schmidt, Novell's present CEO, said at the keynote that the company's products, including the latest NetWare, GroupWise, and eDirectory offerings, all of which will have upgraded versions this year, will take on added importance as businesses integrate their networks.

"Customers will be able to have a single network from the office, to remote workplaces, to their home," he said. "Our job was to put it together and present the opportunity to connect network to network and from e-business portal to e-business portal.

Messman said he will continue to push such a plan. "Eric [Schmidt] and I plan to expedite the transformation of Novell into a solutions company," he said.

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