This is my own observation, and I hope I am not right

During the last couple of years I am noticing an interesting trend for
where Novell is going as a company and as software products. As a
starter, the Identity&Security portfolio was taken away from Novell and
into NetIQ. I'm talking fundamental Novell systems with great value (at
least for me) and/or strong market position - Identity Manager, Access
Manager, Sentinel, eDirectory!!!, and few others that are not so
important. These have always been recognizable as Novell products, but
now they are NetIQ's. Not a big deal at first glance, at least until
Novell and NetIQ get acquired by 2 different companies.

What is left for Novell is OES, GroupWise, ZENworks and few others which
are not so important. I see that current Novell software gets modified
in order to work in AD environments - this is the case with GW2014, this
is the case with the coming OES2015 and this is the case with ZENworks
since quite a while. Every Novell software was separated from
eDirectory, and made compatible with AD. At least so far everything
works still with eDirectory. Not only this, but in many official Novell
documentation (user guides, admin guides, training materials, etc.) in
the compatibility for directory systems part, they always put Microsoft
Active Directory before eDirectory, and Windows before SLES! This pisses
me off, but hey - who am I to object... Microsoft on the other hand has
competitive products that everybody is using (so they must be gorgeous,
perfect, the best, no?) - Exchange, Windows Server, SCCM, AD. I still
don't understand what could be a reason, provided one is entirely MS
shop (and using the best perfect gorgeous one-and-only products from
MS), to add another vendor into their infrastructure (along with
everything that comes from that - other suppliers, other support, other
bugs, incompatibilities, etc.. Price? Hmmm, I am not quite convinced.
Anyway, the Novell Marketing has to worry about this, not me.

My question is, is Novell becoming just another software company
(thousands like it out there) that writes pieces of software for
Microsoft environments? And instead of competing with Microsoft, it is
going to compete with thousands of others for what's left from
Microsoft's table? Hmmm...

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