npower Deploys Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management Products

5/23/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change Management Company, announced that npower, a leading UK electricity and gas supplier, is deploying Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products across its three companies, npower, npower Yorkshire Electricity, and npower Northern Electric. Marimba's technology will manage the software assets for npower's 8,500 users, including desktops and laptops.

Prior to the selection of Marimba, npower was using three different software management vendors to distribute its software. Marimba was benchmarked against the incumbent software, as well as a number of other leading software distribution packages.

npower will benefit from Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products by centralized software management, reduced administrative and support costs associated with desktop management, and the ability of its mobile users to seamlessly receive and upload daily application updates. Marimba will also help npower to more accurately manage inventory, security patch distribution, automate OS migrations, and monitor license compliance.

Ian Lockley, client support leader at npower commented, "We wanted to standardize our software management enterprise-wide, so we embarked upon a series of vigorous benchmarking exercises. The selection process included detailed functionality comparisons of various management solutions, customer reference visits, and technical discussions with all the solution providers. Marimba was the chosen solution within a short period of time, in which time we forged an excellent pre-sales relationship with the company."

Lockley continued, "The successful implementation of Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products will be a big leap forward in the management of desktops within npower. The new phase of desktop management will provide both cost and time savings and the delivery of tangible benefits."

Adrian Rayner, general manager of Europe for Marimba commented, "npower benchmarked our solution against certain of our major competitors and we were very pleased that they decided to standardize on our technology. We are confident that our solution will provide less administration for npower, greater protection against viruses, improved software migration, and greater inventory management."

About Marimba Desktop/Mobile Management
Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products help companies distribute software to virtually any desktop, laptop and device in their networked enterprise. This technology includes policy management capabilities that enable IT resources to pre-determine how and when software updates are distributed, installed, repaired and removed. It also features browser-based reporting capabilities that provide line-of-business managers with real-time status on software deployments and assets.

About Marimba
Marimba, Inc., the Software Change-Management Company, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management, Server Change 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

Marimba is a registered trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries.

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