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Novell BrainShare 2002: Solutions for Business in a One Net World

Novell, Inc., a leading provider of Net business solutions, today laid out details of BrainShare® 2002, Novell's annual user conference that highlights Novell® technology and business solutions, presents company plans for the future, and provides opportunities for hands-on interaction with leading Novell technologies.

PROVO, Utah | March 7, 2002

  • Novell's annual conference will highlight solutions that simplify and secure business on the Net
  • Interest in BrainShare 2002 strong, with more than 5,000 expected at week-long event in Salt Lake City

Novell, Inc., a leading provider of Net business solutions, today laid out details of BrainShare® 2002, Novell's annual user conference that highlights Novell® technology and business solutions, presents company plans for the future, and provides opportunities for hands-on interaction with leading Novell technologies. Taking place March 17-22 in Salt Lake City, the conference is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees, a strong showing in the face of a significant decline in participation at most industry trade shows due to the tough economy. The conference marks the first BrainShare since Novell's July 2001 acquisition of consulting firm Cambridge Technology Partners, promising participants insight into the new solutions the company has developed leveraging Novell technology and Cambridge business expertise. The conference's keynote sessions, featuring Novell and key partner and customer executives, are open to the general public, offering an opportunity to hear what's happening in some of the most exciting areas of business technology today.

"The down economy and dot.com implosion have led many people to conclude the Net has been over hyped. But we're really just scratching the surface of how the Net is changing business," said Chris Stone, vice chairman, Office of the CEO of Novell. "BrainShare 2002 will show how business can use the latest technology - including Novell eDirectory™, NetWare® and ZENworks® products - to build solutions to improve their relationships with their customers, their partners - even their own employees."

BrainShare 2002, the largest event in Novell's global BrainShare franchise (Novell traditionally holds similar conferences in key regions overseas), will provide participants a clear understanding of how Novell can help their businesses today, and where Novell is headed in the future. In keynote addresses, chairman and CEO Jack Messman, Stone, newly appointed Senior Vice President Carl Ledbetter, and Drew Major, chief technology officer of Novell subsidiary Volera, will highlight Novell's solutions offerings, technology leadership, and plans for delivering new business value to customers. Key Novell customers like Rainbow Media and the EPA will join Novell executives to talk about how they've benefited from Novell solutions. Xiotech, Compaq, and Netvision, Novell partners who are official sponsors of Brainshare 2002, will be using the conference to highlight how they and Novell work together to deliver better solutions to customers. With more than 270 separate sessions to choose from, ranging from business case studies to vertical industry solutions to highly technical developer tutorials, participants can get answers to all questions Novell at BrainShare 2002. Novell's one Net solutions lab, which includes nearly 90 different demonstrations of Novell technologies and solutions, provides an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on interaction.

This 18th-annual BrainShare 2002 will continue a strong tradition of attracting top networking professionals from around the world. The 22 individuals who have attended BrainShare for 16 years or more will be joined by more than 1,400 first-time attendees, a testimony to the compelling value of Novell's technology today. Participants come from 52 countries. More than 50 of Novell's technology partners will be at BrainShare 2002, showing how they work with Novell to deliver business solutions to customers. General sessions, which take place 9 a.m. Monday, March 18; Wednesday, March 20; and Friday, March 22; are open to the public, providing an opportunity to hear Novell's senior leadership address key technology and business trends and challenges .

For more information about Novell BrainShare 2002, please visit http://www.novellbrainshare.com.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), is a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software designed to secure and power the networked world. Novell and its eServices division, Cambridge Technology Partners, help organizations solve complex business challenges, simplify their systems and processes, and capture new opportunities with one Net solutions. Novell provides worldwide channel, consulting, education and developer programs to support its offerings.

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. Information on eBusiness and integration solutions from Cambridge Technology Partners can be accessed at http://www.ctp.com. Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom.

eDirectory is a trademark and Novell, BrainShare, NetWare, and ZENworks are registered 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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