NEXT GENERATION NET SERVICES SOFTWARE
Novell is building these services to deploy within the remarkable arena that the Internet has become. Our vision has been validated.
We've entered 2000 on a solid business footing. Globally, Novell is helping its customers create digital enterprises. We believe we can build Novell's business franchise around Net services software that is valued for securely managing how business is done on the Net, how governments respond to their constituents on the Net, how education is offered on the Net, and how individuals use the Net.
Our model is to provide flexible Net services software that enhances customer networks and supports the mix of resources that are typical in their organizations: from varied client workstations that typically run Microsoft operating systems, to IBM mainframes, to servers from Compaq, other Intel OEMs, and Sun, to applications from PeopleSoft, Lotus and Oracle, to switches and routers from Cisco, Lucent and Nortel. We contribute to, and benefit from, the efforts of these and other important vendors whose products come together on the Net and use NDS as a platform for better management, or to deploy their own services. With directory software as the underpinning, Net services enhance the manageability and value of applications and devices, and personalize the experience of every user accessing the rich resources of the Net.
The next generation of Net services software products will change the Internet from a collection of destinations, to a way for individuals to get things done, invoke services, exchange information, do business and be recognized as members of communities. These products will tame the explosive demands of e-business and help Novell profit from the limitless opportunities of a digital economy.
Dr. Eric E. Schmidt Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
December 22, 1999