Novell acquires Dublin-based IT firm


24 Mar 2005

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Novell, which already employs 130 people in Dublin, revealed today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Tally Systems, an expert in IT asset management software.

The network software giant revealed that the plan to acquire Dublin-based Tally Systems fitted with its overall strategy to expand its Novell ZENworks system management offering.

Earlier this week at Novell’s Brainshare conference in Salt Lake City, the company unveiled a new IT security strategy entitled identity-driven computing. The strategy enables organisations to use open source standards such as Linux to design systems that adapt to the complex and dynamic nature of business by using identity information to define the interaction between users and technology assets. The acquisition of Tally fits neatly with the identity-driven computing strategy.

Novell said it expects to close the transaction by the middle of April. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Novell’s CEO Jack Messman said that the need for ID-driven computing and its benefits to asset management are key in today’s regulatory compliance driven business ecosystem.

“The regulatory compliance necessary in today’s business environment demands accurate tracking and reporting of IT assets,” said Messman. “Bringing together Tally Systems’ asset management with Novell’s change and configuration management gives companies a powerful method of ensuring compliance, reducing software costs and preparing for software audits.”

Tally Systems president and CEO Ted Jastrzembski added: “Novell’s acquisition of Tally Systems brings together industry-leading resource management and asset-management technologies. We’re delighted to join the Novell family and bring even more value to Novell’s customers.”

By John Kennedy