was i shouting when novell consulting, about 6.5 years ago, installed and launched consoleone on my admin workstation. at that time i had just filled a position in an nt server engineering group at an international company located in zuerich, switzerland. before that position i was working in a small company as a web and database developer and, on the side, was also managing that company’s netware environment. i was away from the novell business for about 6 months only, and so i expected to get good old nwadmin on my box but in stead: “what the heck!” i got consoleone. a java application that took about 2 minutes to start and offered only limited managing capabilities at that time.
i wonder how many “what the heck!”s went around the globe when, after consoleone had finally matured, it was violently killed and replaced by imanager, a terribly clumsy and slow web application at that time and offering only limited managing capabilities.
and i hope we caused at least as many “what the heck!”s when we shipped designer for identity manager 1.0 mid last year. but this time not because we did a brutal rip and replace of an existing admin tool. instead we added to what was already there. we brought the rich client back onto the novell administrators and developers workstations. the echo so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
so have we finally found the right balance? is designer the answer to all the cry-outs for help: “i want a rich client!”. until my very last day in novell consulting i had console one installed on my laptop but i considered myself a dinosaur. i had the chance to work with a good friend from consulting recently and as i asked him to log into my development tree, i expected him to login using imanager but “what the heck!” this good old friend, in the year 2006, launched consoleone!
so now please tell me: what the heck is it that you really want?