A few days ago now we announced that The Attachmate Group purchased Novell. Now that the dust has settled let’s take a quick look at some of the commentary about the purchase and NetIQ and a few statements from those in the know here.
As reported in Network World by @alphadoggs: ‘The proposed buyout was announced in November and Attachmate is sticking to its plan outlined then to operate Novell as two separate business units under the Novell and SUSE brand names.’ We certainly are and The Attachmate Group is an enterprise software holding company, whose principal holdings include Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE.
As reported in The Salt Lake Tribune, ‘Novell’s headquarters will be returning to Provo. “We are once again establishing Provo as the headquarters of the Novell unit,” said [Jeff] Hawn. “Novell has had many chapters in its history and today marks the start of a new, exciting chapter,” John Dragoon, the ex-Chief Marketing Office at Novell blogged. Sean Michael Kerner also quoted Dragoon for his piece in Datamation: “As Novell joins forces with The Attachmate Group, the result will be a powerful portfolio of companies united by a common purpose and dedicated team.”
Over the last week, the NetIQ executive team, lead by Jay Gardner, have been holding team meetings at many of the companies offices, with many more scheduled over the coming weeks. One of the recurring questions addressed at these meetings and in the market is what of the NetIQ and Novell products that many have said would fit in the same solution portfolio. Well, as many observed including tweeter: @novellpartner: Quite a number of the Novell products appear on the NetIQ website. What does that mean?
@NetIQ responded, based on a conversation I had with NetIQ VP John Delk over the weekend relating to the future on the NetIQ portfolio: “We are centralizing the Identity, Security and Data Center Management solutions from Novell under the NetIQ business unit along with the existing NetIQ portfolio. What I can tell you is that we will be defining the combination of NetIQ and Novell Identity, Security/Compliance and Data Center Management products in the near term. There is much to work through, and for now, it is business as usual for all business units of The Attachmate Group.” Adding “Keep watching the website for more updated information as it becomes available.”
What are the next steps? Well, Jeff Hawn addressed many of those in his interview with John Gallant in Computerworld, such as “What do you have to do in terms of product integration…”
UPDATE: May 18th 2011 – Today NetIQ announced it will add the complete portfolio of Novell identity and security solutions and selected Novell data center solutions to the NetIQ business unit solution portfolio. The combination of these technologies into one business unit deepens the NetIQ focus on identity, security and compliance management, IT operations management, virtualization and cloud computing. In the same press release NetIQ also announced the new executive leadership team.