Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2009-12-28

1. Novell
Demise Prediction Rate: 25%
January 2009 Market Cap: $1.41 billion
December 2009 Market Cap: $1.45 billion

Few people were surprised when Google won the contract to supply Los Angeles with e-mail. What was surprising is the company being displaced: Novell. For the last several years, Novell has been a buoy in the water, rising and falling but never losing its buoyancy. The logic of solution providers picking Novell to fall out of the market wasn’t without logic. In fact, it makes a lot of sense. But Novell is one of those "never-say-die" vendors and is making strides in many of its core technologies, especially identity management. Don’t expect to see Novell go gently into that good night anytime soon. 

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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