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BrainShare Barcelona

I’m finalising my BrainShare Barcelona sessions – lots of late breaking data for ZENworks 7.

I’m re-writing the ZENworks Architecture session that was ably presented by Ron Tanner and Ty Ellis in Salt Lake City – hopefully I can get all of the information into an hour! I really want to cover the futures of ZENworks and how Novell is investing in making the transition (note – not migration) easy.

BrainShare 2005 – Wednesday 23 March

Novell acquires Tally Systems..

One focus of my life for the last few months – the future ZENworks Asset Management.

Some coverage:

Acquisition Of Tally Shows Where Novell Wants To Go
Information Week – USA
… asset-management software maker Tally Systems Corp. in a move to strengthen Novell ZENworks. The acquisition of privately held Tally …

Novell Acquires Tally Systems, Unveils SLES 10 – Encino,CA,USA
… gathering, but today all eyes are on its next major upgrade of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and an acquisition that will expand its Zenworks systems management …

Novell acquires firm to build up ZenWorks – USA
…Novell said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire privately held Tally Systems and combine that company’s administration tools

Novell tweaks management tools – USA
…Novell offered a peek at its forthcoming management products on Wednesday, including an inventory tool it’s gaining through a newly announced acquisition.

Novell to buy asset management company,10801,100573,00.html
Computerworld – USA
…Novell Inc. said today that it has agreed to acquire IT asset management company Tally Systems Corp. for an undisclosed sum in order to expand its ZENworks product line.

Novell to buy Tally Systems, bolster its ZENworks suite
The Salt Lake Tribune – USA
…In a move aimed at bolstering its ZENworks system management suite, Novell Inc. says it plans to buy Tally Systems Corp.

BrainShare 2005 – Tuesday 22 March

Urg. Early mornings. Up early for a 7 am partner breakfast. Roadmap, vision, feedback and comments from our reseller and channel partners.

The most common request – “give us early access to code” – we’re working on it right now.

Also gave my first session of the week – ZENworks Linux Management Best Practices – seems like this is the week of AV problems – one of the video feeds failed on me.

Writing this sitting in the tech lab with Naresh and Jose from the ZLM engineering team – talking about the keynote.

.. Later

It’s almost 9pm – and we’ve hopefully done the final run for the Wednesday Keynote.

BrainShare 2005 – Monday 21 March

The keynote was a success – our demos worked well and my photo even got on the official Novell press kit. We had a minor glitch with the AV feed – the word is that the splitter box power failed. Typical!

Scooter!Happy Demo!

Reports have it that the scooter was on one wheel as I cornered – it certainly felt as if I was about to run over a couple of Novell VPs 🙂 Nice to see the photos posted on

Much of the rest of the day spent giving press interviews – including Dave Kearns – then more preperation and rehearsal for the Wednesday keynote.