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Chinese agencies put their faith in ZEN


April 19, 2007 9:59 am





Two large government agencies in China have turned to Novell ZENworks for the management of their desktop computers. Tasked with managing thousands of desktops for tens of thousands of employees in dispersed locations, both Liaoning Electric Power Co. Ltd. and Shenyang Public Security Bureau needed a solution that would allow them to remotely update and manage their employees’ computers. With Novell ZENworks, they are now able manage their desktop computers while reducing routine administration and freeing up IT staff to focus on more strategic and complex tasks.

To learn more about how these organizations are reducing costs and effort, without interrupting service to the citizens of Liaoning province, visit Liaoning Electric Power Co. Ltd. and Shenyang Public Security Bureau.

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  1. By:john ewing

    Would it be appropriate to discuss Novell’s abuse of shareholder trust with respect to improperly “measured” stocks options grants over the last 10 years ?

    Open PR seems like a good place to get a vibrant discussion of issues this brings up:

    1. Do a lack of ethics in Novell’s management team over a long period of time suggest systemic problems with Governance at Novell ?

    2. Should the fact that Novell has some decent and ethical employees be used to excuse the actions of unethical and corrupt managers, systems, and processes ?

    3. Should the Open Source community be skeptical of a company with such obvious ethical lapses over a period of many years ?

    I would like to get a vibrant and open discussion on these topics as Novell is busy with outside counsel figuring out the extent of the phony options accounting at Novell.

    I am sure this would be in the spirit of Open PR, no ?

    Regards, John.

  2. By:Bruce Lowry

    Hi John:

    As I’m sure you know, we’re not going to get into financial discussions on this blog. I made that clear in my very first post back in September of 2005, so I don’t think we misled anyone there. We stated in our SEC filing today where the voluntary stock options review stands. The language says that the investigation (done by a 3rd party, you’ll recall) has “not identified any intentional wrongdoing by any former or current Novell employees, officers or directors.” You can see the language here:

    We acknowledged in the filing that we “utilized incorrect measurement dates for some of the stock-based compensation awards granted during the review period.” We’ve still got work to do on what specific adjustments to our filings – if any – need to be made as we correct those issues. When that work is completed, we’ll make it public.


  3. By:Roger

    Its also worth pointing out that US companies are not in a position to have such public discussions.

    Both the SEC and NASDAQ take a very dim view on quoted companies providing market sensitive information via any forum other than the SEC reports or announcements made outside market hours.

    As such all that Novell can do is refer people to the public statements, as Bruce Lowry has done.

    John, the fact that Novell staff do not just delete posts such as yours is an indication that they do want an open forum, but there is little benefit in trying to invite them into a flame war. Also for most of the questions raised the best forum would be the next shareholders meeting rather than a PR forum.

  4. By:john ewing

    Bruce –

    Maybe we could satisfy your need to keep Open PR closed to certain discussions by making it about ethics and Corporate Governance at Novell.

    I think there is fodder for some pretty good discussions:

    1. If Novell honestly believes its own court statements regarding Microsoft’s illegal and unethical actions over the years, might one conclude that Novell’s recent close association appears awkward from an ethical standpoint ?

    2. Should one believe that Novell’s voluntary review of improper options accounting was done based on ethics, or was it, rather, a fear of exposure under involuntary circumstances ?

    3. Which is worse “intentional wrondoing” which suggests Novell employees have been successful in their efforts to steal share-based wealth via phony options grants…..or “unintentional wrongdoing” which suggests Novell employees have been failures in their attempts to do the right thing.

    Should a shareholder prefer successful thieves at Novell, or incompetent bureaucrats ?

    My own vote is for successful thieves, and though Novell no-doubt has its share of incompetent bureaucrats, I think the successful thief label applies pretty well to the merry-go-round of executive teams at Novell.


  5. By:john ewing

    Roger –

    You don’t know what you are talking about.

    1. Novell is free to edit this blog as it sees fit, in order to prevent unlawful exchanges of information, including preventing its own employees from disbursing information that might be material to Novell’s stock value.

    2. However, this does not prevent lawful discussions from occurring, even on topics which might be sensitive.

    3. Baghdad Bruce (lighten up, its a joke) is free to share his personal opinion on these topics, and can, in fact, do more than refer people to public statements (contrary to your confused view of the world). As a matter of Novell policy, Bruce is probably restricted from commenting on sensitive matters, and as a matter of his own personal policy he probably prefers to avoid negative statements about happenings at Novell even if he has negative views.

    However, neither the SEC nor the Nasdaq control’s Mr. Lowry’s right to express his opinion, nor to moderate a blog where the opinion’s of others are expressed.

    4. Your personal opinion (stated as though it were fact) that the shareholder meeting is the best forum to discuss Novell corporate governance and possible wrong-doing is interesting, but I am guessing its based more on your own personal disinterest in the topic rather than a universal law.

    5. It is my own personal opinion that there are few issues more worthy of discussion than employees stealing from the owners of the company, and if you are an owner of this company you might consider acting like one.


    p.s. I do understand that thus far, Novell’s outside counsel claims not to have found any of the wrongdoing at Novell to have been intentional, as the preliminary and vague press releases have stated. When Novell does get around to releasing all the facts it chooses to release, individuals can come to their own conclusions.


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