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Microsoft + Novell, an interoperability journey

Interoperability between computer systems can be engineered at many levels; most fundamentally between two different operating systems.

Microsoft+Novell have been working since late 2006 to make Microsoft’s Windows and Novell’s SUSE Linux systems interoperate most effectively both technically and in terms of the customer support provided by both companies.

Technical collaboration and market competition together can be a hard act to pull off. As the partnership continues into its 4th year, NCC accepted an invitation to visit the Microsoft+Novell Joint Interoperability Laboratory in Cambridge, Boston USA and spoke to members of the joint management team and software engineers in order to find out how well they’ve been doing.

At the Round Table events on 9 & 10 March 2010, Dr Andy Hopkirk (NCC) will present the findings:

  • What have Microsoft and Novell achieved together?
  • How the alliance works in terms of market competition .v. collaboration?
  • What new business solutions have been deployed into the marketplace?
  • From the inside, what has the journey been like for the two companies?
  • Where’s this partnership going next and what’s the opportunity for NCC members?

Available roundtable sessions:

Session 1: Tuesday 9th March 2010
10:30 - 13:30
Altitude 360

Session 2: Tuesday 9th March 2010
17:00 - 19:45
Altitude 360

Session 3: Wednesday 10th March 2010
10:30 - 13:30
Altitude 360



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