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Novell BrainShare 2001: The Future of Business in a One Net World

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today unveiled an array of activities and announced keynote speakers for its upcoming BrainShare® conference, Novell's annual meeting highlighting the technologies that will make businesses run better in the 21st century.

SALT LAKE CITY | February 28, 2001

  • Industry Leaders and Novell Partners Cap Gemini Ernst& Young, Entrust and Yahoo! To Deliver Keynotes that underscore move to One Net world
  • BrainShare to Showcase Net Services Solutions provided by Novell and industry partners
  • More than 7,000 expected at week-long, Utah-based event

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today unveiled an array of activities and announced keynote speakers for its upcoming BrainShare® conference, Novell's annual meeting highlighting the technologies that will make businesses run better in the 21st century. Joining Novell® CEO Eric Schmidt at the March 18-23 conference to be held in Salt Lake City will be executives from key Novell industry partners Cap Gemini Ernst& Young, Entrust Technologies and Yahoo!. This year's conference, titled "Those who go, Understand," will showcase the latest Novell Net services software solutions that accelerate eBusiness transitions for customers worldwide. The conference will offer educational sessions on a wide range of new products and technologies from Novell and industry partners, and will include demonstrations of innovative networking and Internet technologies currently under development.

"Organizations of all types are seeking secure solutions for today's fast moving eBusiness environment," said Darin Richins, vice president of corporate marketing for Novell. "BrainShare allows us to give customers a fast track to understanding how to securely transition to an Internet economy where all types of computer networks work together as 'one Net'. CIOs, customers, partners and IT professionals will come to BrainShare this year from every continent to learn how to accelerate this transition."

The BrainShare 2001 Technology Lab, known in the industry as a central meeting place to see and discuss the most innovative technologies, will feature a host of technology demos and new products from Novell and industry partners. Reflecting how Novell technology plays an integral role in today's emerging one Net world, platinum sponsors for BrainShare 2001 include BindView, Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell and IBM, with additional sponsorships by Hewlett-Packard, Metastorm and VERITAS, among others.

Keynote Speakers Demonstrate Industry Support for One Net
Momentum is building for Novell's one Net vision as customers adopt and implement solutions based on Novell's Net services software working with products and services from a growing list of key industry partners. BrainShare 2001 keynote addresses will focus on the shared vision of a world in which all types of networks work securely together as one Net.

John Willcutts, vice president and general manager for Yahoo! Enterprise Services will join Novell CEO Eric Schmidt in Monday's general session. "By integrating Novell's industry-leading Novell eDirectory, iChain and other technologies into Corporate Yahoo!, our enterprise information portal solution, we are giving our customers a powerful platform that supports strong security, Web personalization and the ability to deploy an enterprise portal across all leading operating systems," said Willcutts. "BrainShare offers us a forum to share how Novell and Yahoo! are delivering the security and identity management needed to enhance personalization in the enterprise."

Yahoo! Inc. is building the Internet's leading global consumer and business services company, and its enterprise information portal solution is a major focus of that objective.

Cap Gemini Ernst& Young Chief Technology Officer Andy Mulholland will join Darin Richins for Wednesday's general session. One of the largest management and IT consulting firms in the world, Cap Gemini Ernst& Young partners with Novell to provide Net services solutions to customers. The company offers management and IT consulting services, systems integration, and technology development, design and outsourcing capabilities on a global scale to help traditional businesses and "dot companies" continue to implement growth strategies and leverage technology in the new economy.

Also, joining Richins on Wednesday will be acting CEO for Entrust Technologies, Alberto Yepez. "Novell's Net Security Services infrastructure is providing organizations with essential building blocks for protecting the integrity of critical internal and external communications," said Yepez. "Entrust is pleased to have the opportunity to speak about how our two companies provide enterprises with the secure infrastructure capabilities they need to bring trust to each eBusiness relationship."

Entrust Technologies is the global leader in providing Trust Relationship Management* eBusiness software, services and solutions.

Sixteenth Annual Conference Delivers for Local Economy
Over 7,000 people attended U.S. BrainShare 2000 in Salt Lake City, driving an estimated $9 million into the local economy. "As a major technology employer Novell has contributed immeasurably to the area's economic growth," said Larry Mankin, president of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. "Having such a solid corporate citizen bring a conference like BrainShare to the area year after year allows local businesses and organizations to benefit. In addition, it creates a stage for showcasing the state of Utah to the world and positions the area as techo-savvy, which is vital for future growth."

This year's BrainShare has required a year of planning and preparation and more than 1,200 Novell employees from all over the world to execute. This year's attendees will choose from more than 230 technical sessions repeated throughout the week and will see more than 64,000 square feet of technology demonstrations in the newly expanded Salt Palace Convention Center. More than 3,000 man hours are required to set up the extensive BrainShare Network, which this year will include 36,000 feet of network cable, 2,000 computers, and a wireless network that will connect more than 1,500 show participants using laptop computers and hand-held devices. More than 100,000 pounds of food will be consumed by attendees and the conference will fill hotels to capacity throughout the valley. Entertainment this year will include an exclusive evening in the Delta Center with Earth, Wind, and Fire.

For more information about Novell BrainShare 2001 or to register for the conference go to www.novellbrainshare.com .

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at http://www.novell.com. Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom. In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at http://www.novell.com/competitive.

Estimate based on Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau formula of estimated revenue of $1215 per week per conference attendee.

*Novell is a registered trademark, BrainShare is a registered service mark, and Novell eDirectory and iChain are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Novell, Inc.
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Email: jpilmer@novell.com



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