In fewer than 12 months, Iomega has gone from being an also-ran to an industry leader.

And as one company spokesman said to me, "We are on fire."The week prior to COMDEX (the huge computer trade show held last week in Las Vegas), Iomega announced that Micron Electronics would begin offering Iomega storage products in its entire line of desktop computers.

Then, at COMDEX, Iomega released a slew of favorable announcements.

One, it announced that it had shipped its one-millionth personal storage product in 1995. (That includes figures from both Iomega's Zip Drive and its Ditto Tape Drive.)

According to Cory Maloy, Iomega spokesman, the company felt compelled to release the numbers because some competitors were claiming Iomega wasn't really having much success and that the product shortages for Zip products were actually a ruse.

Not so, says Maloy.

Two, Iomega disclosed no fewer than nine separate licensing, bundling, distribution or resale agreements at the show. These include companies such as Maxell, Fuji Computer Products, Roland and Reveal, among others.

And then, at COMDEX, Iomega captured awards from four different publications for its products.

Specifically, PC Computing gave the Zip an MVP Award in the storage category; Home Office Computing selected the Zip for an Editor's Choice Award in the back-up category; Computer Retail Week titled the Zip one of the Best Retail Products of 1995 in the computer accessory category; and BYTE magazine, in conjunction with COMDEX, selected the soon-to-ship Jaz Drive for a Best of Show Award in the storage category.

On top of all of this, Iomega seemed to be everywhere at the show, particularly with its "i" promotion that I described in last week's column.

The overall upshot? More great news for a company that many, including this columnist, once believed was headed for the computer graveyard.

On Monday, Wall Street also honored Iomega for its success, pushing its stock to an all-time high of more than $40 per share.

Meaning that in a little less than a year, Iomega's stock price has increased more than 20 times.

Congratulations to CEO Kim Edwards and his entire team in Roy.

PowerQuest touted, too

Iomega wasn't the only Utah firm to garner recognition in Las Vegas last week.

Orem-based PowerQuest was also selected for Best of Show honors by BYTE magazine.

The award was given in the software utilities category to PowerQuest's PartitionMagic.

Apparently, sales are taking off for the small software company, as word gets out into the OS/2 and DOS worlds that there are easier ways to deal with hard disk partitioning problems.

Zebra taking off

According to company spokesman Greg Erickson, Zebra VTI also had a great COMDEX in announcing its Barcode Anything software package.

Sales leads at the show increased to more than 5,000 up from 700 the previous year.

"We had people just thrusting their cards at us (to send them materials)," Erickson said. "It was just crazy."

Zebra executives were also told by national distributor, Tech Data, that Barcode Anything generated the most leads at COMDEX of any of the products demonstrated in its shared booth.

Erickson said that one guest at the Zebra booth got so excited to win a Zebra T-shirt that he literally wrestled another guest to the ground in attempting to grab a T-shirt.

Sounds like an exciting time was had by all.

All quiet at Novell

All remains officially quiet at Novell on the WordPerfect sale.

Novell spokespeople say negotiations are still under way but will reveal nothing about the nature of or types of organizations Novell is talking to.

Officially, the firm is still hopeful to have the sale completed by the end of January.

Finally, Novell executives and spokespeople are adamant that Novell is not (repeat not) in negotiations that would lead to the sale of the company.

If this is true, one has to ask why are there so many sources out there swearing that certain firms are interested in buying Novell?

Who knows? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.