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(Novell Inc., Provo, UT, A major vendor of workload management software that at one time was the leader in network operating systems (see NetWare). In 2011, Novell sold its patents to CPTN Holdings, a consortium organized by Microsoft, and the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Attachmate Group.

Novell was founded as Novell Data Systems in 1981 by Jack Davis and George Canova and initially manufactured terminals for IBM mainframes. In 1983, Ray Noorda became CEO and president of a restructured Novell, Inc., which would concentrate on the development of its NetWare operating system. In the early 1990s, NetWare became the most widely used server operating system for PC networks.

With the acquisition of AT&T's Unix in 1993 and WordPerfect and Quattro Pro in 1994, Novell extended its system software products and branched into applications. It planned to integrate UnixWare and NetWare into a "super" network operating system, but instead sold Unix to the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) in 1995 and WordPerfect and Quattro Pro to Corel Corporation in 1996. From that point, it continued to concentrate on NetWare, its highly acclaimed NDS (Novell Directory Services), later renamed eDirectory, as well as related products for the Internet.

In 2003, Novell shifted its focus to open source software with the acquisition of Linux distributors, Ximian and SuSE. Both Ximian and SuSE offered Linux desktops, while SuSE provided Linux servers. Novell also announced the discontinuance of the NetWare brand by combining the NetWare 7 kernel and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server into a single integrated package named Open Enterprise Server. See SuSE Linux and eDirectory.
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TELECOMWORLDWIRE-12 July 2001-Novell finalises acquisition of Cambridge Technology Partners (C)1994-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.
He has worked for Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, McKinsey & Company, SGS Societe Generale de Surveillance S.
Doug Kra brings 20-plus years of successful services experience to the company, including nine years with Cambridge Technology Partners.
From 1997 to 1998, he worked for Cambridge Technology Partners as a client partner and project manager.
Prior to joining SeeBeyond, Moore served as President of Novell Americas, where he was responsible for leading all aspects of the Company's operations, including both the Novell and Cambridge Technology Partners businesses.
From 1996 to 2000 O'Hare was general counsel of Cambridge Technology Partners, a publicly held management consulting and systems integration services firm for Fortune 1000 businesses.
The firm has represented market-making companies such as PeopleSoft, its founding client, Arbor Software, Broadvision, Cambridge Technology Partners, Cognos, Commerce One, Critical Path, McKinsey & Co.
Prior to joining Zamba, Hayden served as director of business development for Cambridge Technology Partners and Cambridge Management Consultants, where he increased sales over 100 percent per year and played a key role in the development of Cambridge's Web practice.
Gavin is currently the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Cambridge Technology Partners Inc.
As a result of the recent Cambridge Technology Partners merger, Novell is shifting its focus from software development to consultancy services.
We rapidly create, in partnership with our clients, technology-enabled winning business strategies that best position our clients for success," said Rick Nathan, Principal Strategist, DBS, for Cambridge Technology Partners.

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