Directories a hot topic for 10 years and running

* Two subjects up for discussion exactly 10 years ago were the future of directories in general and the future of one directory in particular

It's time for our monthly look back to what we were talking about 10 years ago in this newsletter. Two subjects dominated that month -- the future of directories in general and the future of one directory in particular.

In September of 2000 I announced a six-city tour (sponsored by Business Layers) for a seminar presentation called "Unlocking the power of Directory Services." Today, of course, we'd do it as a webinar or a podcast and people could view it at their leisure, but high-speed broadband wasn't that prevalent 10 years ago so you could actually interact with more people by going to them. So we did. We went to Dallas, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta and delivered a two-hour session (plus a kind word about our sponsors) that covered "…the genesis of directories, their use today and their promise for tomorrow as the enabling technology that will boost productivity while reducing costs both inside and outside the firewall." Really forward-looking stuff for those days!

Each of the sessions was held in the local Novell office (it co-sponsored the tour as partners of Business Layers) and was relatively well attended. And we're still talking about some of those issues.

Novell also featured prominently in other editions of the newsletter in September 2000. It had just gone through a round of layoffs, which I reported "spared those most closely involved with eDirectory, indicating that the former NDS is seen as the key technology for the company going forward." (This was long before SuSe Linux was known to any but a few European geeks)

And to show that not much as changed in 10 years, I added "Even more indicative, though, were comments made by Novell executives including CEO Eric Schmidt that eDirectory was now the core of Novell's business. The only remaining question is the viability of the company itself. Its still a potential takeover target, and eDirectory is the plum in the pudding for companies such as IBM or AT&T who have the money to spend and the marketing muscle to drive the directory business." EDirectory is no longer the Plum (and Eric Schmidt is no longer the CEO), but the rest of that paragraph still holds, doesn't it?

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