In his first statement of direction as chairman designate of Novell, Eric Schmidt said he would refocus the company on its core business.
Amid rumours that his appointment from Sun is the first step towards a Novell-Sun merger, Schmidt laid down the initial steps in his roadmap as head of the networking company. But it is unsure what role that will contain for interim president Joe Marengi, who admitted that he was uncertain about his future. "It's up to Eric," he said, while Schmidt himself also said Marengi's role was undecided. However, he added that "I would not have jumped if he was not here".
The key focus of Schmidt's somewhat vague early plans is, predictably, Internet and Intranet technologies. He aims to integrate Novell products tightly with the Net and finally put paid to criticisms that the company has diversified too much and lost its position in its core network software market.
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