Herman Miller UK Selects Marimba for Global Software Management

7/9/2002 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change-Management Company, today announced that Herman Miller UK, the award-wining furniture manufacturer, is implementing Marimba’s Desktop/Mobile Management products globally, following a successful software pilot at its US headquarters. Marimba’s Desktop/Mobile Management products will be deployed throughout Herman Miller UK to automate the distribution and installation of software; manage existing applications for desktop, laptop and mobile users; and collect hardware and software inventory. These management capabilities will help Herman Miller UK to reduce IT administrative costs.

Herman Miller’s decision to select Marimba’s software was prompted by its growing mobile work force, which makes performing software upgrades increasingly challenging, both technically and geographically.

Marimba automates the software distribution process, so upgrades simultaneously reach desktop and mobile users transparently and unobtrusively. Further benefits include the ability to respond to software virus attacks through rapid and streamlined distribution of anti-virus updates; reduced desktop management time through centralized software control, and accurate inventory scanning of Herman Miller’s entire enterprise.

Mike Knight, IT director at Herman Miller UK comments, “Having piloted Marimba’s software in the United States, we were aware of its benefits in terms of cost savings related to software management and IT administration required to support our European users. We believe Marimba will bring us software consistency across our enterprise, which has proved problematic in the past due to the growing contingency of mobile users. Currently, we are upgrading all our users to Windows 2000 and Marimba will allow us to ‘drip-feed’ the software over the network quickly and efficiency so that it reaches all our users – mobile and desktop, without them even knowing.”

Knight continued, “Marimba’s technology will also perform ongoing maintenance of our existing software and automatically repair any application errors. This self-healing environment will dramatically reduce our help desk queries and administration time.”

Accurate software inventory is also a key requirement for Herman Miller UK. Marimba’s Desktop/Mobile Management products will enable Herman Miller UK to conduct regular inventory collections, without disturbing users or consuming a large amount of bandwidth.

Adrian Rayner, Marimba’s European vice president comments, “We are very pleased that Herman Miller is implementing our software on a global basis following its successful trial. Our open, standards-based architecture will enable our solution to be easily and quickly integrated throughout Herman Miller’s enterprise and deliver software consistency for desktop and mobile users, at greatly reduced administrative costs.”

About Marimba
Marimba, Inc., the Software Change-Management Company, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Marimba’s Desktop/Mobile Management, Server Management, and Embedded Management product families allow Global 2000 companies to better manage their IT resources, increase operational efficiency and reduce IT costs. Additional information is available at 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 Herman Miller’s planned use of Marimba’s Desktop/Mobile Management products for global software management, to automate its software distribution and inventory process, and to lower IT administrative costs; certain other technical and performance benefits Herman Miller expects to achieve with Marimba’s Desktop/Mobile Management products; and the expectation that Herman Miller will make Marimba’s products part of its standard infrastructure. Those results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the remaining time and effort required to complete Herman Miller’s deployment, which could be greater than expected; technical challenges specific to Herman Miller’s implementation, which could impact whether Herman Miller is able to achieve expected benefits with Marimba’s products; and other business factors particular to Herman Miller and Marimba which could impact whether Herman Miller 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.

Marimba is a registered trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries. Other product, trademark, company or service names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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