The Case of SUSE Manager (Case 2017-01)

Case summary

Joe Werner, product manager at SUSE, faces a common but difficult situation. SUSE got acquired by Novell, and the new owners force a reevaluation of current projects in the pipeline. Specifically, Werner is tasked with making the business case for the SUSE Manager project to be turned into a full-fledged product. The market is there, and so are the competitors. Does creating a new product make sense and can SUSE pull it off? Werner needs to answer these questions and convincingly present them to his new leadership.

Example case question [1]

  • What should Werner do?

Case difficulty cube [2]

  • Analytical dimension: Average
  • Conceptual dimension: Average
  • Presentation dimension: Easy

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