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Novell signs strategic partnership with ACS



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May 29, 2009 11:05 am

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Yesterday, Novell and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. announced a strategic partnership to expand each company’s core technical capabilities and suite of services.

This partnership has two major components. The first is a go-to-market agreement where ACS will purchase approximately $30 million worth of Novell services and products over three years. The commitment in the first year alone is approximately $10 million. In turn, ACS will leverage Novell’s solutions as they provide services to their customers around the globe. These products and solutions will help provide the backbone of their ACS Management Platform, AMP, which they use to provide service delivery to their customers around the world. The second part of the agreement is for Novell to outsource certain infrastructure and application services components of our IS&T function to ACS. This is a five year agreement with an expected value of $135 million. Once the transition is completed, 156 Novell professionals in the IS&T department are expected to become ACS employees. No jobs will be lost as a result of the transition. This agreement will enable Novell to take advantage of the ACS best practices in running IT, generate cost savings, and allow us to focus on our core business of building and bringing to market the best possible solutions for our customers.

To provide some perspective, we first had discussions with ACS last fall when they selected our Novell identity platform as a key technology they could leverage as part of their service delivery model. ACS immediately saw the value of our solutions to help them reduce the cost, complexity and risk of IT environments. On top of that, we learned ACS has an important presence in the Salt Lake City, Utah area that aligns to our footprint. That set the stage for further discussions.

This strategic agreement with ACS is a tremendous opportunity for Novell. First, as a source of revenue given that ACS will take advantage of our technology and services, and second, as a way for us to benefit from the ACS best practices in IT services.

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  1. By:Mike Elquist

    As a former Novell IS&T employee, I’m following this development closely. I see that no jobs will be lost, but I’m interested to know if pay will decrease, benefits will be reduced or what exactly the impact will be on the 156 employees mentioned. I can’t really see an arrangement where ACS makes money, Novell makes money, and there is no change for those 156 people?

    • By:ibruce

      Thanks, Mike, for your interest. We appreciate you are probably concerned for how this change will affect your former Novell colleagues. For obvious reasons, it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to talk about the specifics of compensation packages. However, be assured we have worked very closely with ACS to ensure that employees are treated very fairly through this process. ACS will achieve efficiencies over time by making changes to the mix of people and skills on the Novell business. Novell employees who “roll off” the Novell business will have other opportunities to work on different ACS client accounts. ACS has committed to Provo as a Center of Excellence and is excited about bringing on board a team of such talented employees. ACS is a $6.2 bn company, and is growing at 10% a year. They will be able to provide both efficiencies for Novell and growth opportunities for employees

  2. By:Kennon

    As a former ACS employee I am very surprised that Novell would do business with ACS. ACS’s “best practices” at least from 2002-2008 when I worked for them was to rip Novell products out of any environment they were contracted to manage and replace them with Microsoft. I worked in their Government Solutions division and the mood within that organization was very hostile to Novell and Linux in general. Scary times for Novell.

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