Novell has announced the departure of corporate strategist Chris Stone, who becomes the company's second high profile executive to resign in as many months.
Stone quit his role as president of the Object Management Group (OMG) in 1997 to help overhaul Novell's partner and product strategies. He will leave Novell on 15 October to set up ecommerce startup, Network Decisions.
Last month Novell announced the resignation of John Slitz, senior vice president of marketing to "pursue other opportunities". Slitz also worked with Stone at the OMG as vice president of marketing and both joined Novell within weeks of each other.
Stone's appointment as Novell's senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, was announced amid much fanfare in August 1997, as he promised he would win new and strategic relationships with key developers, including SAP, Baan and Oracle.
Analysts view his time at Novell as "partially successful", but faced intense competition from Microsoft's much anticipated Active Directory.
Todd Chipman, analyst at Giga Information Group, said: "He was the driving force in attracting more third parties and ISVs [Independent Software Vendors] to work with NDS [Novell Directory Services] and he was reasonably successful, but it was against significant competition from Microsoft. Though he did provide leadership and direction."
Chipman also highlighted Stone's success in achieving the tight integration between Netware 5 and Oracle's back end database. However Stone failed to get key Novell executives to agree on giving NDS away free which would have killed any chance of Microsoft's Active Directory winning significant market share.
According to Chipman, he had the backing of Novell chief executive, Eric Schmidt, but Slitz was vehemently against the idea.
"Novell should have given away NDS for free two years ago but now, at the eve of Windows 2000's launch, it's too late. Novell has left the gate wide open," said Chipman.
Stone's new company, Network Decisions will focus on building directory enabled applications for business to business ecommerce.
Said Schmidt: "The direction of Chris Stone's new venture will support Novell's momentum into Internet services and ecommerce."
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