Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 14:09 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Novell and Ximian Novell's board of directors on Thursday named Ron Hovsepian CEO and president to replace Jack Messman, and ousted the company's chief financial officer. In a conference call on Thursday, company executives said the changes were made to accelerate the growth at Novell, which has had disappointing financial results, particularly in its Linux business.
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Not sure...
by IanSVT on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 13:47 UTC
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2005-07-06

I'm not sure what to think. The idea that the new CEO seems to come from a backround of profit only decision making scares me a bit. I'm also concerned about using another retread business school executive picked by the board of directors to increase profit above all else. They need a Steve Jobs type of CEO. Jobs might be a complete jackass, but he knows how to market. They need someone with some fire for the company and what it can offer, not how much he or she can make for the board of directors.

Which brings me to the board and various other share holders. I hate the fact that all the decision making has been in large part to increase profit for share holders. I know the objective of any company is to make money, but I've got a novel way of doing it. How about doing right by your customers? If you do right by your customers, you will make money. A name change won't help. They have good products and good engineers. I can't say I have ever used any of red hats enterprise offerings, but I highly doubt they have anything which can match eDirectory, Zenworks, Groupwise or Identity Manager.

Novell has to realize one very important thing. The reason their Linux strategy is slow is a testement to Netware and its longevity. Netware, in a lot of shops, is solid. Adding linux based OES servers is a gamble. First and foremost, Novell isn't pushing training for their linux based produts. And by not pushing, I mean charging $2600 for a few days worth of classes. Having a linux install fest is great and all, but that doesn't help. Someone who can't install SuSE linux these days shouldn't really be in any decision making or sys admin position. I might be a small shop, but there are tons of shops like mine. I can't justify to my bosses that I need thousands of dollars worth of training to start integrating OES Linux into my existing Netware based network with any sort of degree of comfort. How about throwing a bone to us "loyal" users? You can offer cheaper training and support at a small hit to your overall revenue in hopes that it starts to generate good PR for your company which leads to other shops willing to take a chance on you.

We will see. I just hope this doesn't turn into a "let's sell our company and make lots of money on our shares". That's the final nail in the coffin. Selling a company with good products to a conglomerate full of idiots is a sure fire way to kill anything good that has been done. Just look at anything Computer Associates, Network Associates, or Symantec get a hold of. They turn it to crap in record time!

Edited 2006-06-23 13:49

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RE: Not sure...
by segedunum on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 15:04 in reply to "Not sure..."
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2005-07-06

The idea that the new CEO seems to come from a backround of profit only decision making scares me a bit.

It not only scares you, but in a technical company of any description, it's a disaster. Any technical company has to have a good technical executive on the board who can give good quality advice to the chairman and CEO (many US effectively companies combine the positions of chairman and CEO, which I've never liked). The chairman and CEO must be totally open to this advice. If not, then the the board and all the key decision makers are walking blind, and are very susceptible to suggestions from the flavour of the month. Also, listening to a bunch of open source hackers with ideas that have never amounted to anything tangible is not a great idea.

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RE: Not sure...
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 19:02 in reply to "Not sure..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Which brings me to the board and various other share holders. I hate the fact that all the decision making has been in large part to increase profit for share holders. I know the objective of any company is to make money, but I've got a novel way of doing it. How about doing right by your customers? If you do right by your customers, you will make money. A name change won't help. They have good products and good engineers. I can't say I have ever used any of red hats enterprise offerings, but I highly doubt they have anything which can match eDirectory, Zenworks, Groupwise or Identity Manager.

Its the old saying, "look after the products, and the profits will follow" - too many managers are slash, slash, slash when there is little or no effort made to work out WHY their products aren't makeing the impact on the market that they should.

Are they poorly marketed? are they delivering to the customer what they want? there are loads of questions they need to ask themselves before culling the workforce - Sun has the same problem, they're all to willing to run off and either slash jobs or blame something else rather than saying, "hey, we're not selling as much as we expected, what are we doing wrong with our products" - find out what you're doing wrong, and correct them.

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