Albertsons Goes Shopping with Marimba to Manage Software Changes

8/12/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change Management Company, announced that Albertsons (NYSE: ABS), one of the world's leading food and drug retailers, has selected Marimba® products to address information technology (IT) asset tracking and software change management activities.

Albertsons operates more than 2,300 retail stores, in 31 states and supports more than 350 software applications, ranging from productivity tools to mission critical client/server and Web enabled applications which run across thousands of computing devices running Windows-, Unix-, Linux- and Mac-based platforms.

Marimba's software change management products will provide a single, automated solution to deploy and manage applications, content, and operating system upgrades; accurately capture hardware and software asset information; and remotely repair software configuration issues. Albertsons will also use Marimba to automate the deployment and management of anti-virus software and security patch updates.

"Marimba gives us a single automated solution to address our change management requirements," said Robert Dunst, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Albertsons. "The functionality, scalability, and multi-platform support we achieve will mark yet another step toward Albertsons' goal of being best-of-class in technology."

Benefits of Automated Software Change Management
Marimba's software change management products will help minimize the need for technicians to travel to remote stores, distribution facilities and offices for software configuration and maintenance. Since new software applications and content can be made immediately available at all retail and corporate environments, improvements in productivity and customer service also will be facilitated.

Marimba's offerings provide support in a variety of areas, including:

"We're pleased to work with Albertsons in such a strategic and comprehensive manner, as their needs map extremely well to our strengths, " said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba. "We're licensing our entire array of technology to help Albertsons manage desktops, servers and devices across a massive, distributed and heterogeneous environment. We anticipate a long and successful relationship together."

About Albertsons
Albertsons, headquartered in Boise, Ida. has annual sales of $36 billion and more than 200,000 associates (employees). The company operates stores under a variety of well-known banners, including Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Albertsons-Osco, Albertsons-Sav-on, Sav-on Drugs, Osco Drug, Super Saver and Max Foods, as well as an Internet retailing business through In addition to its corporate headquarters and retail stores, Albertsons also has distribution centers strategically located to serve its supermarkets and drugstores, a technology center in Boise and administrative offices in each operating division.

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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