Novell preps packages for desktop and data management

Novell Inc. unveiled a pair of new offerings this week: a software bundle designed to streamline the administration of enterprise applications, and a service and software package for managing employee identity and data-access profiles.

The software bundle combines Novell's Zenworks for Desktops management tool with the company's OnDemand Services Web-based provisioning software for content and applications delivery. The package features no new integration between these two existing products, according to a Novell spokesman, but clients are now able to purchase the products jointly. The set is targeted at organizations with a mixture of servers that support thin clients and workstations running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows. It works in conjunction with networks of client machines running Windows NT or 2000, Novell NetWare, Unix or Linux. The software combination offers a consistent interface both for the administration of desktops, laptops and thin-client servers and for users' access to applications on those devices, Novell said. Customers also stand to save about $20 when buying the bundle instead of getting the products separately.

The package is priced at US$119 per user license, and is available through Novell resellers and through the company's Web site.

Novell's new Employee Provisioning software and services package, aimed at large enterprises, combines Novell's software and consulting services. The system is intended to automate the process of creating, deleting, and maintaining employee identity and access privilege profiles by linking an organization's PeopleSoft Inc. human resources software with applications from other vendors, including SAP AG, Microsoft, Lotus Development Corp., and Siebel Systems Inc. The increased applications integration can help companies cut their administrative overhead, increase network security, and lower help desk call volume, according to Novell. For the software component of the package, customers can choose from existing Novell products.

The Employee Provisioning system involves both Novell software and the services of Novell's newly acquired subsidiary, Cambridge Technology Partners Inc. This is the first time Novell has offered a services-and-software combination drawing entirely on in-house resources, according to a spokesman. The company is focusing on supporting PeopleSoft installations because of Cambridge Technologies' expertise with PeopleSoft, he said. The system is currently available in North America. Pricing varies widely, the spokesman said.

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