Services Briefs: Powerlan, Alphawest 6, Novell

Services Briefs: Powerlan, Alphawest 6, Novell

Powerlan, CMS merge business groups

Australian IT services organisation Powerlan and the CMS Asset Group have merged their respective Peregrine and Remedy business groups to form a new company that is dedicated to servicing Peregrine/Remedy users throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Named CMS I.T. Business Solutions, the new company's head offices are in Sydney. It has fully resourced offices in Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as representation in Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand, according to a company statement.

Perth integrators unite

Services company Alphawest 6 has completed its acquisition of rival Perth-based integrator The Net Effect, ending months of negotiation between the companies. Key Net Effect staff will take up positions within Alphawest 6's Head Office in Perth. "We believe the integration of The Net Effect personnel into our network services business unit will add valuable general management, sales and technical expertise to the group as well as a healthy contribution to our revenue base here in Perth," said Alphawest 6's Garry Henley.

Novell to review pricing

Tough talk about competing against Microsoft, a completely redesigned business plan, and a vow to abolish proprietary application programming interfaces (API) highlighted the keynote speech of Novell vice chairman Chris Stone at the company's BrainShare 2002 user conference in Salt Lake City. Stone promised that Novell would review its entire pricing structure. The company would look to sell solution sets at a single price rather than using the current payment-for-usage model. That strategy matches the company's business redesign. Although Novell currently sells 163 different products, it will narrow its offerings and then offer them as solution sets and look to have all of its products "coupled with professional services and consultants".

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