Marimba selected as global solution for software management and content
Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), a leading provider of systems management
solutions built for e-business, today announced that The Procter & Gamble
Company (NYSE: PG), a Fortune 50 company and global leader in the
development, manufacturing and marketing of superior consumer and health
care products, has selected Marimba as their global solution for software
configuration management and content deployment to P&G's desktops, laptops,
and servers. P&G will leverage Marimba's Server Management and
Desktop/Mobile Management products to significantly decrease their IT
administrative costs and achieve a rapid return on investment. In addition
to managing their employee desktop and laptop computer, P&G will use Marimba
to expand their application delivery and management to customers and
William Scheid, manager of Global Workplace Technology for P&G said, "We
looked at several vendors and Marimba provided the best proven solution that
met our needs for managing software on desktops, laptops, and servers across
our global enterprise. Marimba's ease of use and comprehensive support for
advanced technologies, such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, and LINUX, was key
in our decision making process."
In an effort to streamline the management of their desktops, laptops, and
servers, P&G found that the combination of homegrown and third-party desktop
management tools were insufficient for its business needs. P&G evaluated
several change management solutions and selected Marimba based on ease of
use, flexible self-healing, and advanced support for Windows 2000 and
Windows XP technologies, including Active Directory service and Windows
Installer Service (MSI).
Lowering Help Desk Costs Through Application Self-Healing
P&G is looking to reduce the costs associated with end-user calls regarding
application configuration problems. David Claire, senior purchasing manager
with P&G's Global Information Technology Division said, "P&G's IT group does
an awesome job capitalising on emerging technologies that drive down costs,
driving innovations in the infrastructure, such as the metro fiber ring
announced earlier this year, as well as on the Web with tools like our
InnovationNet that links eighteen thousand users in R&D worldwide to more
than five million pages of content." Marimba's technology allows P&G to
offer its employees and customers a "self-service" mechanism to verify
application configurations and repair broken applications prior to any
help-desk calls. This diagnostic check helps to eliminate costly support
calls and provide end-users with increased productivity.
Scheid added, "Marimba is allowing us to centrally manage the deployment of
hundreds of applications to thousands of desktops and laptops all over the
world. Implementing Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products will help
us maintain optimal service levels with our customers and employees and
rapidly achieve a significant return on investment."
Global Management of Heterogeneous Server Farms
Marimba's Server Management product family will be used by P&G's server
operations group to standardise their server configurations worldwide.
Previously, the operations group had difficulty tracking and managing the
changes that were made to the servers once they were delivered to the remote
site. With the Marimba Server Management products, local and remote servers
can be accurately tracked, provisioned, configured, and managed from a
According to Sean Kho, a member of the server operations group at P&G,
"Marimba's inventory management capabilities will allow us to accurately
track software and hardware configurations regardless of the server's
operating system or geographic location. If any software or content changes
need to be made, Marimba's Server Management technology will allow us to
quickly deploy the changes from a centralised location."
Industry-Standard Technologies and Strategic Direction
Marimba is seen as one of the leaders in their ability to leverage Internet
technologies, enabling companies such as P&G to solve complex management
problems and lower IT administration costs. Marimba's products will allow
P&G to provide improved desktop and laptop support for their employees,
customers, and business partners worldwide.
"P&G's commitment to Marimba's leading-edge technology validates our ability
to provide comprehensive systems management solutions to global
enterprises," said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA)
provides systems management solutions built for e-business. From change
management to performance management software, Marimba's extensive Internet
expertise allows Global 2000 companies to better manage their resources,
increase efficiency and reduce costs.
For more information, please call +44 118 949 7060, or visit our Web site at http://www.marimba.com.
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbors created
by these sections. These forward-looking statements include P&G's planned
use of Marimba's products as P&G 's global solution for software
configuration management and content deployment to all desktops, laptops and
servers (as well as to customers and business partners), and P&G's ability
to provide improved support worldwide, significantly decrease its IT
administrative costs and achieve a rapid return on investment; certain other
technical and performance benefits P&G expects to achieve with Marimba's
products; the expectation that P&G will make Marimba's products part of its
standard infrastructure; and Marimba's ability to provide comprehensive
systems management solutions to global enterprises. Those results are
subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the remaining time
and effort required to complete P&G's deployment, which could be greater
than expected; technical challenges specific to P&G's implementation, which
could impact whether P&G is able to achieve expected benefits with Marimba's
products; and other business factors particular to P&G and Marimba which
could impact whether P&G continues to use Marimba's products in the future.
Actual results may differ materially due to these and other factors. The
matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties
described from time to time in Marimba's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. In particular, see the Risk Factors described in
Marimba's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q. Marimba assumes no obligation to update the
forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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