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Novell's solution securely provides essential data to decision-makers while unifying Sesame Workshop's existing multiplatform environment Novell Portal Services and eDirectory give users a personalized view to Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop conducting global eBusiness collaboration through the portal

SALT LAKE CITY (BrainShare® 2002) | March 19, 2002

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net business solutions, is helping Sesame Workshop link its global operations via the Net to more effectively deliver high-quality educational entertainment to children around the world. Best known for its beloved television series "Sesame Street," Sesame Workshop is using Novell® Net services software to maximize the power of media resources to educate children in 140 countries. Novell Portal Services and Novell eDirectory™ will give users across the globe a personalized view into Sesame Workshop's network, securely providing essential data to key decision-makers while seamlessly unifying Sesame Workshop's existing multiplatform environment. At Sesame Workshop, global eBusiness collaboration is brought to you by the letter N.

Sesame Workshop is a not-for-profit educational organization that stands alone in its ability to creatively help solve major educational and developmental needs that affect children around the world. For more than 30 years, the Workshop has created innovative and engaging media to help all children reach their highest potential. The organization grounds its work in research to understand how multimedia platforms help children learn, develop and grow. Best known as the creators of "Sesame Street," "Dragon Tales" and "Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat" airing on PBS, the Workshop continues to break new ground with Noggin, the only 24-hour kids' thinking channel.

The Workshop's programs include 20 co-productions, which require oversight and mentoring of program re-creation in countries such as China, Israel, Mexico and South Africa. Sesame Workshop often collaborates with co-production companies on the creation of artwork, new characters and scripts as it guides each localized version of "Sesame Street" and other programs, while ensuring Elmo, Big Bird and other brands appear the same across international boundaries. This collaboration will require open communication and delivery of the right information to the right partner, quickly and securely, with Novell Net services software.

"Novell Portal Services will allow us to connect on a global scale, delivering personalized content to employees, business partners and families," said Sherra Pierre, Sesame Workshop vice president of Information Systems. "The ability for business managers to log in from any Internet-connected device and gain access to crucial information enhances speed-to-market decisions and supports essential dynamic trade and commerce. Thanks to Novell, the portal will be the driving force to the Sesame Workshop community, driving team collaboration, improving communication and helping us get to market faster."

Novell's solutions give Sesame Workshop flexibility to incorporate its existing technologies - Novell NetWare® for storage and printing services, Windows NT* for various applications and Solaris* for business-critical applications - into Novell's collaborative portal solution. Novell iChain®, based on eDirectory, provides security by authenticating users from profiles stored in the directory, giving Sesame Workshop the ability to control access to applications and network resources across technical or organizational boundaries.

"Novell Net services software is laying the foundation for Sesame Workshop to move forward, conducting core business activities through the portal," said Allen Tietjen, director of Novell's Portal Solutions Group. "Since the portal's creation, communication and collaboration has improved among Sesame Workshop's employees and production partners, while other business processes have been unified and streamlined. Administrative costs have substantially decreased, which is important to an organization whose resources are dedicated to helping children reach their highest potential."

Sesame Workshop can be found online at, and For more information about Novell Net business solutions and Net services software, visit

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at

Novell, NetWare, BrainShare and iChain are registered trademarks and eDirectory is a trademark 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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