Novell Calls Off BrainShare 2009

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Novell Inc. said Wednesday it has canceled its 2009 BrainShare, the annual conference that this year drew 5,500 to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Waltham, Mass.- based company, whose largest operation is in Provo with about 1,200 employees, said many of its customers were saying economic conditions would keep them from traveling to Utah in March of next year.

"It was really our customers that drove the decision," said spokesman Ian Bruce.

Bruce said Novell remains committed to BrainShare, which has been staged regularly for more than 20 years. "As we go through the year we'll re-evaluate and make a decision on 2010."

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Not keen on this event

Dragoon told Asay -- privately -- that he wasn't keen on this event.

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