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Novell(Strategic 100 2010)

Novell(Strategic 100 2010)

This year will linger in the memory of Novell executives as when it finally prevailed in its seven-year legal battle with the software company SCO Group over the ownership of copyrights for the Unix operating system.

Global HQ: Waltham, Massachusetts, US Website: www.novell.com

Global leader: Ronald W. Hovsepian, president and CEO

Local leader: Alan Robinson, MD, Australia and New Zealand

Core activity: Datacentres, security and identity, resource management, workgroup and desktop business services

Revenue: US$862 million (FY2008 to 2009 ended October 31)

Key customers: BMW, BT, Casio, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Gulfstream Aerospace, HPS Pharmacies, HSBC, Lufthansa

Employees: 3600

This year will linger in the memory of Novell executives as when it finally prevailed in its seven-year legal battle with the software company SCO Group over the ownership of copyrights for the Unix operating system.

The judge ruled that SCO failed to abide by licensing agreements relating to the Novell-owned copyrights of Unix. SCO has paid a heavy price for maintaining the proceedings for so long.

The once successful company was forced to file for bankruptcy back in 2007.

Its future looks bleak after losing the case. Novell plans to lead the emerging intelligent workload management (IWM) market – that’s worth more than US$4.2 billion this year, says IDC.

Stuart Finlayson

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