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"We need to execute better"

Ronald W. Hovespian, 45, CEO of Novell, an open source solutions vendor, was in India recently to review his company’s operations in this country. He spoke to BT’s Rahul Sachitanand on a range of issues.

Print Edition: June 15, 2008

Ronald W. Hovespian
Ronald W. Hovespian
Ronald W. Hovespian, 45, CEO of Novell, an open source solutions vendor, was in India recently to review his company’s operations in this country. He spoke to BT’s Rahul Sachitanand on a range of issues. Excepts:

Where does India fit into Novell’s scheme of things?
India is a critical market for product innovation. It is also a fast-growing and important market for us in sectors such as banking and financial services. Simultaneously, we undertake complete product development from India and teams here are responsible for complete product lifecycle management.

How would you describe Novell’s global growth strategy?
I am happy with our progress but I’m not satisfied with our speed of execution. We must improve our ecosystem development with our partners. We signed deals with SAP and Microsoft over the last 18 months and we want to sustain this progress. I want Novell to be a leader in the infrastructure software market.

What is your technology edge?
We give customers a desktop-todata centre story; we have, for example, an 85 per cent share in the market for mainframes running on Linux. We will also stay active on the M&A front to gain niche technologies.

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