It's been an exciting couple of months for the Novell GroupWise team. Since our acquisition by the Attachmate Group in May 2011, we've renewed our focus on customers, dedicating significant resources to testing and feedback; we've concentrated once again on robust engineering; and our customers can count on strategic, reliable and consistent product updates based on their input.
This week, our team attended a community GroupWise 2012 launch celebration, with participants from all over the U.S. and eight other countries, and we were motivated to hear and see that our hard work has paid off. Our customers and partners are excited to begin using GroupWise 2012.
Much like all on-premise email vendors, we face competition from Google and the cloud, but—as one of the top three enterprise email vendors—we have more reason than ever to believe in the present and future success of our flagship collaboration product:
- GroupWise 2012 still offers the security, reliability, ease of management and cross-platform flexibility that put it on the map 20-plus years ago—a big part of the reason that 10,000 customers and 47 of the 50 U.S. state governments use it.
- GroupWise is enjoying a resurgence of focus and commitment from The Attachmate Group, which acquired Novell in May of 2011. As a proof point, check out what Bob Flynn, Novell President and General Manager, had to say about GroupWise at our recent BrainShare event.
- Novell has increased its engineering staff (based in our Provo, Utah headquarters) for GroupWise by 33 percent in recent months and has a roadmap featuring more frequent releases. Novell and GroupWise leaders have been hitting the streets over the last several months spending time with GroupWise customers around the globe. The purpose of these visits? To rekindle relationships, listen and learn what customers need from the product.
- In 2012, we're going mobile with enhanced iPad capabilities and a scalable web experience. We've also socialized the email experience, creating a synergy with other collaboration products we deliver like Novell Vibe, as well as outside applications such as Skype.
For 2012, we are focusing on what matters most—our loyal customers and engineering excellence. Our customers spoke and we listened, incorporating their needs into GroupWise 2012, and giving them a strong voice in the direction of the product moving forward.
It's a new day for Novell and GroupWise, and the future is bright. For more on what is in store for GroupWise, take a look at our dynamic roadmap application at www.novell.com/gwroadmap.