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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RE: Not sure...
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 19:02 UTC in reply to "Not sure..."
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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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