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Novell: 20 chances to reinvent itself

May 20, 2010, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Most companies struggle to reinvent themselves, so shackled by their pasts that they can't reorient themselves toward the future.

"Novell, once the king of the software world, is like that. Over the years it has built up a broad portfolio of software (with associated revenue streams) in repeated attempts to regain its glory days. That portfolio now stifles its ability to focus on other areas with the most promise.

"But Novell's management may be about to get a lifeline. Twenty of them, actually.

"According to Thursday's Wall Street Journal, up to 20 bidders, most of them private equity firms, are vying for Novell's affections. As reported by The New York Times, Novell's management has imposed a deadline of this week for bids.

"It may be that Novell's management didn't seek this particular spotlight, but it could prove to be the perfect way for Novell to shed some of its dead-weight products and become a lean contender again."

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