Novell collaboration purchases and renewals reach 9,500

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Colleen O'Keefe: Novell's senior vice president and general manager Collaboration Solutions and Global Services

Novell says that more than 9,500 customers purchased or renewed Novell collaboration solutions in 2010. These organisations, which span several geographies and industries, include Agora, BJC Healthcare, Colorado Department of Corrections, Court of Claims of Ohio, Kempinski Hotels, LMU Munchen, Long Island Rail Road, RBF Consulting, Richardson International, Save Mart Supermarkets, Texas General Land Office and Synovus Financial,

In the past year, the company has released significant new capabilities for Novell GroupWise, its flagship e-mail and calendaring product, while shipping new technologies for enterprise social networking, conferencing, mobility and file management. In 2011, Novell will have key product collaboration releases including the general availability of Novell Vibe Cloud, its next-generation social collaboration product, which has more than 10,000 users in less than two months of beta availability.

“Organisations are increasingly taking more of an integrated approach to their IT investments as they try to make sense of the groundswell of information available in and outside of the enterprise, and as many venture into the cloud,” said Michael Fauscette, group VP, Software Business Solutions, IDC. “Novell has a strong history of solving tough IT problems; they continue this tradition by offering a series of integrated solutions that address multiple facets of the challenges facing the enterprise today – collaboration, intelligent workload management and more, which is why the company has continued to be successful.”

According to IDC, the collaboration market was $7.8 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $11.2 billion by 2014. Much of this growth is fueled by the move to the cloud and the need to manage the explosive growth of data. Accordingly, Novell offers a unique ‘one-two punch’ that helps both business users and IT administrators achieve the benefits of real-time, social and secure collaboration.

With its Personal and Team Productivity solutions, Novell provides a comprehensive set of collaboration tools that enable customers to take advantage of the new interactions required to drive business innovation and growth. With a strong focus on integration between e-mail, teaming, and conferencing capabilities, Novell’s tools fit into a customers’ existing environment, are easy to deploy, and provide enterprise-class security and manageability.

With its Collaboration Data Management solutions, Novell says that it provides tools that enable IT to meet the challenge of increasing growth of collaboration data. These solutions help IT customers to effectively manage the lifecycle of files to ensure compliance, synchronize collaborative data across applications, and better leverage valuable information by providing users with their data when and where they need it.

“The face of the collaboration market continues to change at a rapid pace and we have adapted our strategy and approach to meet evolving customer needs,” said Colleen O’Keefe, senior vice president and general manager Collaboration Solutions and Global Services for Novell. “Over the last year, we’ve broken new ground with our powerful ‘one-two’ combination of personal and team productivity and collaboration data management solutions. As the market shifts towards real-time collaboration and messaging, we remain committed to helping businesses communicate, share information, and connect in new and exciting ways, both inside and outside the organization.”

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