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    Zenworks and the crystal ball

    Hi, all! I'm sorry to say that I now recognize only one name in recent posts, that of the estimable Susan R. from WP BBS days. I haven't been to Chat but perhaps once since Frank died ... we get older, life gets messy, but I still do Novell here & there.

    Anyway, since this is clearly NOT a tech support type of question, I thought I'd toss it out here and see if anyone actually knows anything more about the business side than I do (which, well, is pretty darned easy since I didn't even notice the Microfocus buy-out until it hit the support part of the website.)

    So .... someone I know NOT personally, on the support side of Zenworks, informed me that they no longer work for Novell after today. Quick research led me to no concrete info as to whether there had been another round of layoffs, but plenty of articles suggest that Microfocus intends to cut massively from "Novell", particularly on product lines like Zenworks.

    I'd like to know:

    - What is the real market for Zenworks? I mean, dangitall, this product is miles ahead of everything competing with it, but nobody ever talks about Zenworks when it comes to endpoint management products.

    - Has there indeed been another round of layoffs?

    - Is there any hope that Microfocus can meet their contract commitments for 2 hr response times for Zenworks premium support? (Hasn't been the case recently).

    - If YOU (as someone with more than a clue about Zenworks, please) were looking at alternatives, what would you be looking at? (We know that Gartner puts SCCM far ahead of all the others, though for the life of me, I'm not sure why! SCCM seems still very limited as an endpoint tool for workstations.)

    Thanks. If there's anyone who does recall me even vaguely, having made it this far, I just want to say "hey" and the best to you. I'm about 5 yrs from retirement now, and that makes me assume that some of my former contacts have retired already, at least one has died, and probably quite a few more have moved on to completely-non-Novell things.

    Survival is my baseline, and the story of my life is just trying to not hate Microsoft.

    -- DE

    P.S. For all you bazillion readers who *don't* know me & read through the web interface, don't believe that "30 posts" thing. Presumably that's 30 via the web interface; I generally still use NNTP, old-lady that I am.
    Last edited by de; 05-Jun-2015 at 12:58 PM.

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