The Quest for Newness The Novell Story: a case study

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The Novell success story is really the story of two companies; Novell and Safeguard Scientifics. It was their convergence and the resulting synergy that created the Novell empire. Jack Davis called Victor Vurpillat, Safeguards Vice President of R & D for what seemed like the tenth time. Jack wanted to start a new company. He was an old friend and a very successful international marketing executive for terminal companies such as General Automation and Bee Hive.

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The Quest for NewnessThe Novell Story: a case studyThe Novell success story is really the story of two companies; Novell and Safeguard Scientifics. It was their convergence and the resulting synergy that created the Novell empire. Jack Davis called Victor Vurpillat, Safeguards Vice President of R & D for what seemed like the tenth time. Jack wanted to start a new company. He was an old friend and a very successful international marketing executive for terminal companies such as General Automation and Bee Hive. He was determined to manufacture sophisticated computer terminals for, among others, the IBM 3270 replacement market. Vurpillat says, When I looked at his product, I saw a very clever desk top computer with a hot new Z80 processor. Instead of a terminal it would be a perfect small business computer with CP/M (pre MS-DOS) as its operating system. Safeguard Business Systems had 800,000 small businesses buying One Write accounting systems. As Vice President for R&D, Vurpillat was trying to drag the forms company kicking and screaming into the modern world of computers from the world of manual accounting systems. There was a huge market for small desk top computers. This was before the introduction of the IBM personal computers. Safeguard was founded in 1917. In the 1960s it was acquired by a young stock broker, Pete Musser with his customers money. He converted the old check writer company into a mini-conglomerate. Before that conversion, Safeguar

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