Novell's vision of the Smart Global Network will be center stage at the company's 12th annual BrainShare conference next month.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend BrainShare '96 at the University of Utah March 18-22. The weeklong event will feature keynote addresses from Novell officials and a leading economist.- Novell CEO Robert J. Frank-enberg will outline his company's renewed focus on net-working and use of the Internet.

- Economist George Gilder will give his views on evolution of a network-centered economy.

- Novell Vice President Steve Markman's focus will be solutions for key markets.

- Novell chief scientist, Drew Major, will detail new technology developments that are shaping present and future network software.

More than 250 technical sessions will be held each day following the keynote speeches. Sessions will include a look at "Green River," the code name for Novell's new Net-Ware operating system to be released later this year, and Novell's strategy for the Novell Embedded Systems Technology (NEST).

There also will be workshops for developers on Net2000, its open network services interface, as well as hands-on technology demonstrations.

And, of course, there will be plenty of opportunities for network specialists to network with their peers.

"BrainShare '96 is the mind-meld that lets us share our vision and our newest technologies supporting it," said Gary Mueller, vice president of corporate developer relations.

To register for BrainShare '96, call Novell at 1-800-833-4862, ext. 15, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or visit Novell's BrainShare '96 site on the World Wide Web: .