Novell to Provide Security, Systems Management to UK NHS

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Novell today announced a 21.8 million pounds Sterling ($39 million) contract with the United Kingdom's leading Department of Health agency for a comprehensive set of security, management and infrastructure solutions that will improve delivery of health services to UK citizens. The three year agreement with the National Health Service (NHS) Connecting for Health program lets NHS leverage Novell® solutions across the entire NHS infrastructure, comprising upwards of 600,000 workstations, and will result in substantial cost savings for the NHS. As a strategic partner, Novell will help the NHS deliver its National Programme for IT, improving patient care and services and transforming the way the NHS works.

The agreement will enable NHS Connecting for Health to achieve its key IT infrastructure vision for the NHS: to deliver greater consistency of IT infrastructure by rationalizing the number of products in use, standardize the approach to implementing products, and increase the productivity of staff by leveraging IT more effectively. The new IT infrastructure and systems will ultimately connect more than 100,000 doctors, 380,000 nurses and 50,000 other healthcare professionals, benefiting more than 50 million patients in England.

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In other Novell news:

Novell's Linux investments are finally showing results as its Linux revenue of $61 million jumped 418 percent from last year's fourth quarter.

Novell Inc. announced its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year financial results, which ended Oct. 31, 2005, on Thursday.

For the quarter, Novell reported revenue of $320 million, compared to revenue of $301 million for the fourth fiscal quarter 2004.

Nevertheless, net loss available to common stockholders for the quarter was $5 million or 1 cent loss per diluted common share.

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