After nearly 2,740 days at this great company, it’s time to say goodbye. I knew little of Novell’s storied history when I joined the company in October of 2003, beyond a well-deserved reputation for leadership in network operating systems. And while Novell’s technology continues to be best in class, I’ve come to realize that it’s Novell’s people that are the real treasure that sets this company apart. Who ever said that in business it’s “First who, then what” knew what they were talking about. This is the lesson I will take with me wherever life’s journey heads next.
I find it odd that business relationships are sometimes classified as “Business-to-Business”. Not in my world. Companies – more specifically people within those companies, do business with people in other companies. It should be called “People-to-People”. Everywhere I go I hear customers, partners and colleagues praise the “great people” we have at Novell. I agree. The integrity and passion of every Novell employee and our focus on doing what’s right for our customers is at the center of who we are and what we are about. We don’t always get it right the first time but there’s a commitment to do the right thing and live by a set of values that customers and partners would be proud to associate with.
Novell has had many chapters in its 28-year history and today marks the start of a new, exciting chapter. Change brings new opportunities, new adventures, and new teammates. As Novell joins forces with The Attachmate Group, the result will be a powerful portfolio of companies united by a common purpose and dedicated team. I’m confident existing Novell and SUSE customers will continue to enjoy the great relationships and products that they’ve come to expect from Novell. I’m also confident that the spirit, attitude and optimism that are the hallmark of every Novell employee will continue on.
It’s been a privilege to be part of Novell’s history. To our customers, partners and employees – a sincere “Thank you.”