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NZ hires accompany Novell-Attachmate merger

NZ hires accompany Novell-Attachmate merger

Novell’s acquisition by Attachmate coincides with news the company has added New Zealand staff. New partner executive Robin Hagen and customer account manager David Van Driel recently joined the company and are based in Wellington.

Hagen has spent 30 years in IT and was most recently the business development manager of IT at Connect NZ. Prior to that he was strategic account manager at Compuware and Sybase and New Zealand sales manager at US-based LAN and WAN hardware vendor Xylan Networks. He also worked for Unisys and GEC Alsthom in the 1990s.

Van Driel is a former Gartner account executive and was previously a Cisco account manager.

“We are excited to have secured the services of both Robin and David, who are well respected in the New Zealand enterprise technology market,” Novell’s ANZ managing director Alan Robinson said in a statement to Reseller News.

The US$2.2 billion Attachmate deal announced on 29 November follows months of speculation over Novell’s future. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

Prior to that announcement and before confirming its new local recruits, Robinson told Reseller News in a 4 November statement: “We have a strong customer base in New Zealand, a number of whom have made further investments in Novell products recently and re-confirmed their commitment to Novell’s technology.”

Novell says its Unix operating system copyrights will remain under Attachmate’s control as part of the merger.

This follows a legal battle between SCO and Novell over their ownership. The company has also agreed to sell some of its intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings, a technology consortium that includes Microsoft, for $450 million, a payment Novell says in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing is “reflected in the merger consideration to be paid by Attachmate”.

Novell is best known for its SUSE Linux, datacentre management and virtualisation software offerings. Attachmate aims to run Novell as two separate business units: Novell and SUSE.

While it is likely to be some time before the New Zealand channel feels the impact of the merger, Computerworld in the US is speculating the deal may lead to long-term enterprise product line consolidation, price changes and even discontinuation of some of Novell’s offerings.


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