Letters to the editor, SharePoint downtime and partner events in
Novell recently published a 'Letter to the Editor' in the student
newspaper at SCU. I thought it would be nice to see
the entire letter from Kari Woolf in
Several articles have appeared in The Santa Clara concerning the
university's plans to migrate from Novell GroupWise to Gmail. As
the Marketing Manager for GroupWise, I'd like to provide some facts
that should be considered in the journalistic analysis.
First, Santa Clara University is running the GroupWise 7 client.
This client was released in 2005 and obviously lacks the user
interface enhancements, mobile device support and other new
features of more recent versions, including GroupWise 2012. I won't
question the decisions of the university's IT department, but SCU
users should recognize that they are not leveraging anything close
to present-day GroupWise capabilities.
More importantly, customers migrating to Gmail from any other email
solution often encounter unanticipated "gotchas." The issues it
presents in areas like uptime, security, and data governance remain
pressing. In addition, Gmail does not deliver important end user
features like message retraction and tracking, offline mode,
personal email archiving, and freedom from limits on mailbox size,
attachment size and more.
Many organizations have considered the Gmail path, only to find
that the business disruption, loss of functionality, and even cost
of this "free" solution are prohibitive. Milliken University
discovered this reality before they took the leap. After
determining that it would have cost at least $35,000 to switch,
they upgraded to GroupWise 2012 and are reaping the benefits (detailed HERE) as a result.
There's much more to GroupWise than The Santa Clara's coverage
would indicate. I invite interested readers to get the facts by
contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interesting Data point and Article
I read the following article and found it interesting to see so
many organizations using Exchange and SharePoint that are
experiencing some serious data loss and lost productivity!
E-Mail Downtime Throws Businesses for a
I extracted the following quote....
Nearly half of businesses (42 percent) relying on these
applications (Exchange and SharePoint) experienced at least one
data loss while using them last year, with 59 percent reporting it
took at least half a day to recover from that loss, according to a
survey of 326 IT managers, engineers and sales personal conducted
by Kroll Ontrack, a provider of data recovery, e-discovery and
Open Horizons - Loriol
I am currently visiting France and meeting with customers and
partners. At this Open Hoizons event, Novell presented Windermere,
which includes the new Admin console. This year's France summit was
held in Loriol, France. I include a picture taken by Arnaud Delin,
who sponsored the event and put everything together with Paul Van
der Cruyssen. Novell was also represented by Lionel Musquin.
Technical Sales Engineer based in Paris.
GWAVACon - Düsseldorf
Novell will next travel to Düsseldorf, Germany and showcase their
solutions. Ken Muir, CEO for GWAVA, will present several new
solutions from their talented engineers and Bob Flynn, President
and General Manager for Novell, will give the keynote. I will also
be joined in Germany by several Novell colleagues including Kari
Woolf, Tracy Smith, Kai Reichert, Dirk Giles and Nadeem Nazeer.
Watch the GroupWise Facebook page for pictures and updates!
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