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Commonwealth of Virginia Honors Novell for Integration Solution
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PROVO, Utah Sept. 24, 2003 — - Novell’s success in getting its employees up and running quickly by integrating all the systems and services new employees need has garnered it the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 2003 Governor’s Technology Award for Integrated Enterprise. The Governor’s Technology Awards program recognizes excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in using technology to improve the lives of Virginians, increase the efficiency of government, and encourage technology-based economic development throughout the Commonwealth.

The Integrated Enterprise Award, new to the Governor’s Technology Awards in this, the program’s fifth year, recognizes one government agency and one private sector company operating in Virginia for outstanding efforts to integrate disparate systems, ensure security and responsiveness, and apply new technologies.

According to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Novell won for its Zero Day Start project, which assures new employees have the tools — e-mail, security badge, building access, and systems access — to be productive before starting their first day on the job. The Zero Day Start project has resulted in a 406 percent return on investment.

“Zero Day Start takes the pain – and cost – out of getting new employees up and running quickly,” said Ted Milkovich, the director for Novell’s mid-Atlantic district. “Novell uses its own technologies for secure identity management and data integration to automatically provision new employees with everything they need, based on where they fit in the organization. It’s been so successful for us, we’ve made it into a solution that we now provide for customers.”

For more details on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Governor’s Technology Award, please visit http://www.covits.org/content.asp?contentid=80.

Press Contacts:
Bruce Lowry
Novell, Inc.
Phone: 415-591-6523
Email: blowry@novell.com