Novell president Joe Marengi told a New York investment conference last week that he would use the company?s $1 billion worth of cash to buy new products or technologies.
Company officials dismissed possible acquisitions on the scale of SVR4 from AT&T?s former Unix System Laboratories unit or Word Perfect, but ?tactical? buys to plug holes in its portfolio.
Marengi has also been busy in meetings with Computer Associates chairman Charles Wang, to integrate Unicenter with Novell Lan management product Managewise.
Judy Johnstone, market development manager for Managewise, said: ?We would be looking to bundle the two products. Because they both support SNMP it would be easier for managers to look at one console. Managewise would pass alerts from Netware to the Unicenter console.? Johnstone said the company is also in talks with IBM for a similar deal with Tivoli.
Novell is also preparing a March launch of a software distribution product that will manage applications via its directory services.
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