Novell chief executive Eric Schmidt has admitted the company suffered from "sloppy management" but expects that the new focus on directory services will help it sustain its recovery.
Speaking at the Hambrecht & Quist Technology Conference in San Francisco, Schmidt said he has worked since his appointment early last year to solve Novell?s problems.
"We were working on projects that were interesting to people but not part of the mission of the company," he said, delivering a persuasive, polished speech of a kind not normally expected from Schmidt, a renowned technologist.
"I could give you story after story of sloppy management but we have addressed that now," he admitted. "I have aligned the business, focused the management and shipped products at the rate of one a month now."
He said Novell?s directory services are vital to its progress, as they can help businesses cope with integrating their existing networks with increasing use of online Internet and Intranet networks. Novell?s well known brand, its indirect channel partners and its customer base - which is still impressive and includes 400 of the top 500 US companies - are its strengths.
"We are unique. We certainly had the product of the 1980s and our issue is keeping customers," Schmidt said.
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