Marimba Manages Software Distribution for Ultimate Electronics

7/8/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change Management Company, announced that Ultimate Electronics (Nasdaq: ULTE) has selected Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products to manage the software distribution to desktops across the company's retail environment. Managing business applications from a central location and quickly delivering security hot fixes and updates have improved Ultimate Electronics' operational efficiencies and end user quality of service. Marimba has also helped reduce Ultimate Electronics' administrative overhead costs by eliminating travel for IT technicians to update applications and to configure new operating systems.

Ultimate Electronics, headquartered in Colorado and operating 58 stores across 13 states, is a leading specialty retailer of home entertainment and consumer electronics. Prior to selecting Marimba, Ultimate Electronics performed software distribution projects manually, flying teams of technicians to each of its retail store locations. After evaluating several software management solutions, Ultimate Electronics selected Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products due to their enhanced capability to manage and automate its software distribution requirements.

"In the past, we updated software by sending IT personnel to each of the retail locations, but this process was both time-consuming and expensive. As a result, updates were not always performed as frequently as we wanted," said Kirk Teklits, manager of Systems and Networks for Ultimate Electronics. "With Marimba, all we have to do is publish the latest release of any software package as it becomes available to the specific class of platforms we want to update. Whenever those systems access the corporate host, the new software is automatically downloaded in a secure manner. This automation will reduce our desktop administration expenses and manpower, and improve our quality of service."

Cost Avoidance by Automating Software Distribution
Using Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management products, Ultimate Electronics will manage a Tomax point-of-sale system. As part of its environment to support desktop management, Ultimate Electronics will incorporate Marimba's software to manage and distribute custom Oracle and retail updates. This automation will eliminate the need for IT personnel to visit each store location every time there is a required update to the system. Marimba's ability to package and distribute Oracle updates as well as deploy anti-virus software and security patch updates, were essential to Ultimate Electronics' selection criteria.

As part of Ultimate Electronics demanding evaluation and testing process, Marimba performed a distribution to one of the company's retail stores. Teklits added, "We needed a proven management vendor that could support a large, distributed environment such as ours. We evaluated and tested a number of software management solutions, and determined that Marimba provided the best solution, and the best overall value for our investment. Marimba's software allows us to perform our software management tasks from a central location, which significantly reduces our administrative costs."

"The ability to deploy new content to distributed users in a timely manner is critical. Marimba makes it easy for large, distributed retail organizations, such as Ultimate Electronics to manage their IT software assets remotely and automatically," said Rich Novak, Marimba's vice president of North American Sales. "Our technology is well suited to meet Ultimate Electronics' needs, and we look forward to working together to address all of their short and long term software change management requirements."

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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