Novell has launched an intense promotion to boost the profile and features of NetWare 6 in an effort to gain mind share among partners and customers.
The vendor will be hosting 50 free, five-hour, hands-on workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide until the end of July. The sessions are designed to give partners and users a taste of NetWare 6 features and lure them into signing up for the more rigorous authorised course (NAEC 3000).
Two trips to BrainShare, Novell's week-long product showcase in Barcelona, are also up for grabs, in addition to $US10,000 in prize money.
Suggestions that the initiative has been instigated due to disappointing sales following the release of the network management tool in August 2001 are, according to Novell, completely off the mark.
"In fact, the complete opposite is true," said Nicole Gemmell, marketing manager for Novell Australia. "The response has been overwhelming; in the first course alone we had over 10 people on the waiting list."
Gemmell said the goal of the promotion is to secure over 600 registered users, which would signify them as locked into the Novell brand.
Meanwhile, the Novell Australia/NZ branch has changed leaders after only 14 months of managing director Ashley Wearne at the helm. Wearne inconspicuously resigned in late March leaving Ronda O'Donnell, former CEO of Cambridge Technologies in Melbourne, solely in charge.
O'Donnell took over the position of president of Novell Asia-Pacific when the Novell/Cambridge merger was finalised last July. Wearne is unlikely to be replaced.