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Wise Solutions Simplifies Application Packaging for System Administrators

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PLYMOUTH, Mich., June 17, 2002 - Wise Solutions, the leading provider of application installation and management products and services to Fortune 1000 companies, today announced the immediate availability of Wise Package Studio 3.2 Enterprise Edition. Package Studio 3.2 Enterprise Edition offers major enhancements that improve project management and teamwork for multi-site deployment teams, support coporate standards and produce reliable software deployments.

Wise Package Studio Enterprise Edition is a scalable, corporate-wide solution designed for organizations that manage large numbers of desktops and applications across multiple sites. Important features include easy migration of applications to Windows 2000/XP standards, the industry's best conflict management and integration with all major distribution systems. Wise Package Studio is also available in Standard and Professional editions to meet the needs of any system administrator.

"Wise is the only company that provides an enterprise solution for application packaging, and that solution is now even better," said Rich Bentley, Wise strategic market manager. "Large enterprise customers will find the latest Wise Package Studio enhancements to be invaluable in terms of improved collaboration among decentralized teams, the ability to implement corporate standards, and software rollouts that work the first time."

Key features:

Enterprise conflict management. Organizations with multiple, decentralized teams can access packages maintained by other teams while retaining separate repositories, meaning packages can be checked for conflicts across the organization. Conflict management has also expanded by adding Group Policy Objects and device drivers. And, teams can now easily resolve conflicts between packages still in development and those already deployed without disrupting databases. These enhancements give system administrators a robust conflict management tool that can be shared across the enterprise, ultimately improving package reliability.

Shared workbench. Workflow process templates can be shared by teams maintaining separate repositories, promoting standardization and consistency in distributed environments.

Web services support. Administrators can meet the unique requirements for installing Web-based services and content.

Visual Basic/C# Import Wizard. Easily package internally developed applications by converting them into .WSI or .MSI files.

Wise Package Studio is available directly from Wise, or through select resellers. Version 3.2 is a free upgrade to current users of Wise Package Studio 3.x, and special upgrade pricing is available for owners of other Wise Solutions products. All sales are backed by the Wise 30 day money back guarantee. For more information, e-mail sales@wise.com.

About Wise Solutions

Wise Solutions, Incorporated, is the leading provider of application installation and management software and services. With global headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan; and regional sales and professional services offices in Washington, DC; Redmond, Washington; and the Netherlands, Wise provides installation and management solutions, training, and consulting services to customers worldwide.

Wise corporate solutions, including the award-winning Wise Package Studio, help system administrators and corporate developers solve their application installation and management problems. Wise's unmatched expertise developing installation technology and experience helping companies deploy applications is the basis for the company's renowned products and services. Wise products make the job easier, save time and money, and produce high-quality, reliable installations. Learn more about Wise Solutions on the Web at www.wise.com.

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InstallShield® Experts Shed Light on “Top Ten Windows Installer Myths” in New Online Seminar

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Administrators Get Straight Talk on Pitfalls of Software Packaging and Windows Installer

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 17, 2002 – InstallShield® Software Corporation, the acknowledged leader in software distribution and deployment solutions, today announced a new online seminar entitled “Top Ten Windows Installer Myths.” The seminar is geared toward educating systems administrators about the myths associated with software packaging and leveraging Microsoft’s Windows Installer service. InstallShield Windows Installer experts will provide an interactive, in-depth discussion on the common Windows Installer pitfalls and debunk some of the biggest misconceptions surrounding this critical technology.

The free online seminar, hosted by leading IT media company TechTarget, will be held on June 19, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. EDT on TechTargetÂ’s popular www.searchwin2000.com and www.searchsystemsmanagement.com Web sites. Attendees can register for the event at http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/onlineEvents/0,289675,sid1,00.html .

“Packaging applications for Windows Installer remains a daunting task and administrators need a road map to navigate the new information and packaging introduced by Microsoft,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO and co-founder of InstallShield. “Professionals are looking for fast, straightforward information that will help them quickly understand what’s real, what’s not, and how to avoid the pitfalls. This seminar packages key Windows Installer information in ways that administrators can use immediately.”

The Windows Installer service includes a new and complex set of capabilities systems administrators must master to fully leverage the many Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)-reducing features such as application auto-repair and install-on-demand. This event will provide IT professionals and systems administrators with detailed information on the issues surrounding application packaging using Windows Installer. Participants will come away with critical knowledge needed to create reliable MSI packages, a better understanding of the “ins and outs” of repackaging software, and insight on how to implement key Windows Installer features such as Auto-Repair, Advertising, and Install-on-Demand.

Key myths to be addressed include:

1. MYTH: Expert knowledge isnÂ’t required to convert setup packages to full-featured and reliable MSIs.

2. MYTH: Knowing how to build an MSI file is all you need to learn about the Windows Installer service.

3. MYTH: All repackaging software is created equal.

4. MYTH: Repackaging for Windows Installer is straightforward.

5. MYTH: All Windows Installer-based applications support auto-repair.

6. MYTH: All Windows Installer-based applications support advertising (install-on-demand).

7. MYTH: All applications packaged as MSIs will run properly in a secured user environment.

8. MYTH: The Windows Installer service will manage all potential file conflicts.

9. MYTH: You can repackage MSIs for customized deployment.

10. MYTH: All MSIs are created equal.

Complete Software Repackaging and Migration Solutions

InstallShield has trained more than 2,500 users in the art of application repackaging and spent more than 20,000 hours repackaging Windows installations into the Windows Installer format (MSI). InstallShield offers comprehensive products and services to assist corporations in every stage of their migration process. InstallShield AdminStudio offers a total solution for repackaging, customizing, and resolving application conflicts. InstallShield’s unique Application Migration Platform™ combines a proven migration methodology and industry best practices to provide knowledge transfer, mentoring, or full outsourcing of the migration process. Information on InstallShield’s Systems Administration and Consulting solutions can be found at www.installshield.com.

Seminar Registration

Registration for the “Windows Installer Myths” online seminar is free and can be completed at http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/onlineEvents/0,289675,sid1,00.html.

About TechTarget

IT media company TechTarget offers the most targeted media for enterprise IT professionals, including six invitation-only conferences, more than 100 e-mail newsletter titles, Storage magazine, and the only network of industry-specific IT Web sites. TechTargetÂ’s more than 700 advertisers include IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Intel Corp., EMC Corp., and Hewlett-Packard. More information about TechTarget is available at www.techtarget.com.

About InstallShield Software Corp.

With worldwide headquarters outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software-distribution and software-deployment solutions for independent software vendors and corporate IT systems administrators. InstallShield technology powers deployment for the top 100 independent software vendors and is used by more than 200,000 corporate and commercial software developers and systems administrators worldwide. InstallShield also has European headquarters based in Bristol, England. For more information, visit www.installshield.com.

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StepUp, the tool that automates data and application migration between PCs

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California, USA – May 15, 2002 – Cellarstone, Inc. a leading provider of software products and consulting services announced today that it is shipping version 1.6 of its StepUp product. Cellarstone, Inc.’s software development division has partnered with the development firm TechnoPundits Systems Pvt Ltd to bring this product to market.

StepUp is a PC Migration tool that allows the users of a new computer the ability to move data, applications and settings of their old computer to their new computer quickly. Individuals and Companies can now save time, money and energy in migrating a PCÂ’s environment through this fully automated tool.

StepUp is designed to be affordable for the home user and has an under US$20 price point. StepUp is designed to make implementation simple and is unique among competing products in that it needs to be installed only on the destination PC. StepUp has multiple connection options and can take advantage of existing ports and cable connections on the userÂ’s PC.

StepUp fully solves the problems associated with manual migration, such as loss of time and the frustration in going through the migration process. For example, trying to migrate a 5GB PC with 250MB Zip disks will require you to use 20 disks and read and write from it about 40 times. In addition, the manual method will only migrate data and not software applications or your user preferences.

Availability:

Try our Trial Version at http://www.technopundits.com/download_stepup.htm

To buy / register a copy of StepUp go to http://www.technopundits.com/stepup_reg.asp

Contact: Development Partner

TechnoPundits Systems Pvt. Ltd.,

http://www.technopundits.com

Email: press@technopundits.com

Mr. Mohamed Mohaideen Basha

CellarStone, Inc.

Phone: (650) 286 1719

Fax: (650) 897 9800

Email: mohamed_basha@cellarstone.com

press@cellarstone.com

About CellarStone Inc.:

CellarStone, Inc. is one of the premier companies offering products and services in the international market. CellarStone works with IT, Finance, Human Resources and Sales to manage and implement variable pay and sales commission systems. The companyÂ’s software development division helps bring various software products to market.

About TechnoPundits Systems Pvt Ltd.:

TechnoPundits is a software development and consulting firm focused on building quality, affordable software products based on customer specifications. TechnoPundits build turn-key products, make and market software and provide software development and maintenance expertise to its clients.

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New Aggressive Marketing Structure for Insystek NSMC Product Suite

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Insystek, Inc. has just announced a new aggressive marketing pricing schema, providing extraordinary price performance to the customer. This provides you with the opportunity to take control of your network at a truly affordable price. NSMC offers enterprise-class management by providing Asset management, Software Distribution, and proactive monitoring, alerting and reporting.

In an aggressive move to increase market share, Insystek has lowered the cost of NSMC Monitoring to $449.00 per server. NSMC Monitoring now released as a single Base Monitoring Module, which provides you with all the functionality of previously released separate monitoring modules (SQL, IIS, Exchange, Proxy, etc) combined into one.

Also effective immediately, Insystek will begin selling its Network Services Management Console (NSMC), Asset Management, and Software Distribution as one product. The product suite can be used to manage Windows workstations, servers, and applications all from a single purchase. This change represents to the customer, the opportunity to receive the benefits of both software distribution and asset management at a significantly reduced price.

“Our goal is to provide reliable, affordable enterprise management solutions,” Alex Turner says. “As operating systems and applications more readily expose there management data, the days of enterprise management costing a fortune are over. Due to improvements in technology, we can provide affordable management solutions to companies of all sizes. We have effectively opened the door for companies to achieve true enterprise management through the just announced aggressive pricing structure.”

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Marimba Migration Module Eases Administrative Tasks And Reduces Costs Associated With Windows Migrations

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New Integration with Symantec Delivers Best-of-Breed Windows Migration Solution

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - June 11, 2002 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change-Management Company, today announced the Marimba Migration module, which is an add-on to Marimba’s leading Desktop/Mobile Management offerings. The new module is designed to reduce the administrative effort and costs associated with Microsoft Windows migrations. As part of this offering, Marimba announced tighter integration with Symantec’s leading Ghost™ Enterprise Corporate Edition tool to provide enterprises with a best-of-breed Windows migration solution, and a reseller arrangement for the Ghost Enterprise Corporate Edition tool with a Symantec authorized reseller.

MarimbaÂ’s Migration module combines the core expertise of the respective companies to speed the entire migration process while reducing associated costs. Marimba helps companies embrace and extend Windows management technologies such as Active Directory and Windows Installer (MSI) to automate repetitive management tasks, and reduce administrative costs associated with software deployment. Symantec helps companies reduce efforts associated with migrating operating systems (OS) while concurrently sustaining user-specific settings to the next-generation OS.

MarimbaÂ’s integrated solution differentiates itself from other migration lifecycle offerings in the areas of planning, OS migration, application provisioning, and ongoing management.

“Large enterprises still have millions of desktop PCs and laptops running Windows 9x or NTW4 and all these eventually need to be updated or replaced with Windows 2000 or XP,” said Michael Silver, vice president and research director at Gartner, Inc. “Migration will become an ongoing process as Microsoft has clearly defined its OS roadmap moving forward. Enterprises must find solutions to help automate the entire migration and ongoing management lifecycle.”

“As customers migrate to Windows 2000 and XP, they are looking for enhanced productivity and operational efficiency,” said Thom Bailey, global product manager for Symantec Ghost. “With this partnership, we can provide IT departments with the tools required to automate the migration process. We are excited to be working closely with Marimba in order to allow our customers to benefit from our combined solutions.”

“Just-in-Time” Provisioning Helps Minimize Image Management The combined power of Marimba’s policy-based management and Symantec’s Ghost imaging technology helps IT departments minimize the number of images that they need to create, deploy and manage. Once a gold or base image is created, Marimba’s policy-based management capabilities can automatically deliver configuration changes, and provision applications to individuals or groups of both users and machines stored within Active Directory or other LDAP-enabled directories. This “Just-in-time” provisioning capability accelerates the migration process and helps reduce the number of images managed along with the associated costs.

“Marimba’s new Migration module provides IT departments with tools and best-practices to automate the migration process,” said Martha Young, research director at Enterprise Management Associates. “With OS and application migration an ongoing challenge, we’re very encouraged to see Marimba leading the way with innovative solutions that help companies of all sizes build and implement efficient, repeatable processes.”

Features new to the Marimba Migration module include:

* Planning capabilities that leverage MarimbaÂ’s Inventory

Management offerings to determine which machines need hardware upgrades, what applications need to be tested, converted or replaced.

* Migration capabilities that leverage SymantecÂ’s Ghost to control user settings and target systems for imaging. This technology reduces administrative costs by helping to minimize the number of images that an IT department needs to manage.

* “Just-in-Time” application provisioning that leverages

MarimbaÂ’s Active Directory-based policy management to automatically deliver current and new software to targeted end-points.

* Ongoing management of new Windows 2000 and XP operating environments including scheduled updates, repair and removal of applications, OS service pack deployment, and inventory collection/compliance reporting.

* Disaster recovery capabilities for replacing operating systems and applications on new or repaired hardware with little user intervention, returning effected users to a working state in minutes instead of hours, or days.

“An industry-wide migration to Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP is well underway, as companies seek to leverage XP’s advances in speed, reliability and functionality,” said Kia Behnia, Marimba’s vice president of marketing. “The Marimba Migration module combines the core expertise of Marimba and Symantec to make it easier for companies to automate the process of OS migration, application provisioning, and ongoing management.”

Pricing and Availability

MarimbaÂ’s Migration module is available immediately. Pricing is dependent upon configuration and number of users.

About Marimba

Marimba, Inc., the Software Change-Management Company, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. MarimbaÂ’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 on the Internet at www.marimba.com.

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