Now that GroupWise 2014 is available, it is time for all of us to promote adoptions and deployments. Earlier this month, I spent two weeks meeting with approximately 200 individual customers, partners, and employees to explain all of the value in GroupWise 2014, and to also share in the tremendous enthusiasm and continued excitement about Novell’s products, solutions, and technology.
I traveled with several Novell employees, but mostly with Scott Clayton, the Lead GroupWise Client Architect. Our first stop was Paris, France where we met with an excellent partner – Prestige Reseaux. Our hosts Laurent Choquet and Arnaud Delin, along with their team had prepared 10 different customers and 17 people to met with us and discuss not only GroupWise 2014, but also we shared the roadmap for all of our Collaboration products.
Our next stop was the Open Horizons Summit in Budapest, Hungary. There we conducted a partner round table – that was completely sold out – and hosted 150+ attendees in a 3 day event that provided one of the most in-depth, hands-on technology conferences around. What an excellent event and perfect venue. We tip our hats to Marco, Paul, Diethmar, and crew for executing flawlessly. GroupWise 2014 was the focus of this event, but all of the Novell portfolio was covered including EndPoint Management solutions, OES, iPrint and Filr.
Next, we visited one of our many support centers. The reception and enthusiasm from this group of professionals was exciting. While these Novell employees probably hear mostly about the problems and short comings of our software and technology, due to the nature of their jobs, they were a delight and provided a significant jolt to our already very successful trip. We sincerely thank the entire team, but especially Vanya, Stela, and Kiril.
We also had a very unique opportunity to visit one of our most passionate partners and resellers – Václav Šamša with TDP. We not only were able to visit his offices and meet his team, but he also treated us very much like family, spending a significant amount of time accommodating us and playing host/guide/taxi to his beautiful city and its culture.
We next traveled to Italy to meet with our local sales team and one of our great customers. That customer was able to share with us their plans and strategies and we were able to see how best to align our futures together. Thank you Eugenio, Daniela and Silvio! It was so great to meet with you! Joe and Christian – we will be back!
Our final stop forced us to spend time with my good friend Anthony Priestman. He organized a series of customer meetings and support briefings in two countries in one day. While it was a challenging 24 hours, it was so worth while to speak face to face with those decision makers who are using Novell technologies to run large organizations and to hear first hand their challenges, plans, and aspirations. As we met with another one of our support organizations, it was a real pleasure to share ideas with Peter, Javier, Jan-Arie, and Rob. Keep up the great work!
Novell’s products and solutions roll forward with tremendous momentum. Please come to an upcoming event or Novell meeting. Reach out to your sales representative and get the very latest on the products that are shipping and the ones that are coming! We hope to see you all very soon – especially as BrainShare 2014 is right around the corner!
Now – go upgrade that server to GroupWise 2014 today!