Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Interview: Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian, The First 100 Days

Filed under
Interviews
SUSE

More than 100 days in office, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian outlined Novell's challenges and opportunities with Linux and NetWare, the channel, Red Hat, Microsoft and Xen, as well as his goals for moving the company forward, in an interview with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney. The interview occurred a week before the death of Ray Noorda, Novell's founder and first CEO, at 82. Hovsepian, a former IBM and Internet Capital Group executive and former Novell sales chief, is the fifth CEO to lead Novell since its founding in 1983.

CRN: Tell me about your first 100 days in Office.

HOVSEPIAN: It's been very interesting. In the first 60 to 90 days, I've met with 30 customers, 15 to 18 key partners, 100 analysts and investors, and 700 employees. It was important to get a feel for what customers and people perceive us to be. We can put all of that together and lay out a good game plan for success for our customers, employees and shareholders. That's where my head has been in first 100 days. I'm excited about the progress we've made inside that first window as we get up and going much more focused on what Novell is at its core: a great software company.

CRN: What have you learned from that feedback?

Full Story.

re: Novel has no ...

atang1 wrote:
We are stockholder of Novl. Opinions here may be biased.

Do you have a mouse in your pocket ATANG1? Or are you Royalty?

What's with this "we" crap?

It's a moot point - you don't have to disclose your stock holdings to state an opinion. Only news organizations that are OWNED by a parent company must be disclosed. Does NOVEL own you? If not, who cares what stocks you have.

The interview seemed like a

The interview seemed like a tough one for the new CEO of Novell. I can't blame him for not delivering as well as he probably planned on (that was the impression that I got). Replacing a long-time Ceo,especially during a critical time with so many changes going on in the IT industry, is not easy. He mentioned changes in the executive level ofthe company, and that puts even more strain in his position. I wish all the best for the new CEO of Novell; mostly for the best interest of their clients.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open source

The administration of Ventspils, Latvia’s sixth largest city, is an avid user of free and open source software. The main benefits: cost and resource optimisation. Read more

Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

Handset maker Fairphone is teaming up with the community project UBports, which seeks to get Ubuntu Touch on mobile devices. They will be showing off Ubuntu Touch running on the Fairphone 2 during Mobile World Congress, which starts February 27 in Barcelona. While Ubuntu is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of mobile devices, the phone in question offers some compelling features. “UBports Foundation will be showcasing its work at the Canonical booth, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical is planning to tell about the latest developments around the convergence of its devices and UBports Foundation will share its mission ‘Ubuntu On Every Device’ with the visitors,” UBports said in a February 8 press release. Currently, UBports’ website lists three devices as “fully working as daily drivers:” The OnePlus One, Nexus 5, and the Fairphone 2, with the latter showing all parts as functioning with Ubuntu Touch, save the GPS radio. (Interestingly, the UBports project website for the Fairphone 2 still lists the GSM radio [in addition to the GPS] as a work in progress. However there is a video of two people talking with the handset, so it’s likely the Fairphone 2 project website is out of date.) The website also has instructions for flashing Ubuntu to the Fairphone 2. Read more

BSD Leftovers

  • LLVM/Clang 4.0 Is Running Late Due To Seven Blocker Bugs
    LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs. Hans Wennborg commented on the mailing list that while the release should have happened on 21 February, serving as release manager, he hasn't tagged the release yet due to open blocker bugs.
  • FreeBSD-Based pfSense 2.3.3 Open-Source Firewall Released with over 100 Changes
    Rubicon Communications' Jim Pingle announced the availability of a new point release to the pfSense 2.3 stable series, which adds over 100 improvements and a bunch of new features. Updated to FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p16, the pfSense 2.3.3 maintenance release is here more than seven months after the 2.3.2 update and introduces several new packages, including TFTP Server, LCDproc, cellular, and tinc, a lot of improvements for the OpenVPN and IPsec implementations, as well as numerous stability and security fixes from FreeBSD. Dozens of bug fixes are included in pfSense 2.3.3 for WebGUI, graphs and monitoring, gateways and routing, notifications, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, NTP and GPS, DNS, resolver and forwarder, DHCP and DHCPv6 servers, router advertisements, HA and CARP, traffic shaping, firewall, rules, NAT, aliases, states, users, authentication, and privileges.
  • “Hi, I’m jkh and I’m a d**k”
    Yesterday, I was privy to a private email message discussing a topic I care deeply about. I contacted the author and said “You really need to make this public and give this a wider audience.” His response boiled down to “if I wanted it to get a wider audience, I was welcome to do so myself.” So here’s my first ever guest post, from Jordan K Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD Project. While this discussion focuses on FreeBSD, it’s applicable to any large open source project.

Linux Graphics