MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - April 15, 2002 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change Management Company, today announced a series of major advancements in software automation that ease implementation and further help reduce costs associated with managing software on desktop and mobile systems for Global 2000 and Fortune 500 companies. This newest release of MarimbaÂ’s Desktop/Mobile Management product family will provide companies with a next generation Web-centric architecture, advanced scheduling, and near real-time reporting capabilities.

Release highlights:

· Flexible policy management capabilities - planned to be released in Q2 2002 - enable targeted scheduling to pre-determine how and when software applications and updates are distributed, installed, repaired and removed.

· A browser-based reporting tool called Report Center - the first of its kind among desktop management solutions - provides a management portal with built-in reports that correlate application deployment logs with inventory information. Report Center provides helpdesk, system administrators, and asset management personnel with near real-time status on software deployments across the extended enterprise.

· Infrastructure enhancements that leverage a Web-centric

J2EE-based architecture to simplify the installation, configuration, and management of MarimbaÂ’s change management products. MarimbaÂ’s standards-based, J2EE implementation facilitates integration with existing third-party management tools and provides the foundation for supporting next-generation Web services.

“Managing software distribution projects poses a significant challenge for companies with thousands of employees, and hundreds of applications on different platforms,” said Ronni Colville, research director at Gartner, Inc. “Organizations in increasing numbers are turning to vendors who can automate business processes for software deployment activities and provide reporting mechanisms to track the outcome of such activities.”

“This new software release is a major milestone in Marimba’s product roadmap,” said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba. “Our Web-centric, standards-based architecture allows us to differentiate ourselves from the competition in the areas of ease of use, ease of deployment, and integration with existing IT assets. The reporting and scheduling capabilities will continue to help enterprises further automate the software management and administration process to reduce their cost of ownership and improve quality of service.”

New Desktop Management Capabilities Address Software Administrative Pain


New Policy Management and Scheduling Capabilities - implement processes that address business requirements and essentially provide a blueprint for desktop and mobile management activities. In addition to providing tighter control over software installation, repair and removal processes, MarimbaÂ’s new scheduling function will allow organizations to assemble a policy to control when content or applications are distributed and when they are activated. This is especially useful for regulated industries such as insurance or telecommunications, and for companies that deal with complex, time-sensitive campaigns or disclosure issues.

Advanced Web-based Reporting - details hardware, software, and systems configurations, and provides up-to-the-minute status on software deployments, software update progress reports, license compliance updates, and Microsoft Windows 2000/XP migration planning and status. Report Center gives systems administrators a set of pre-defined, browser-based reports that can automatically correlate log data with inventory data from desktops, laptops, and servers throughout distributed enterprises. Administrators can also modify these out-of-the box formats or choose to create their own reports. This provides IT departments with powerful troubleshooting and analysis capabilities by identifying in near real-time which deployments have failed, and why they have failed for a specific set of machines, users and/or applications. Any problems that arise can be quickly addressed with remote management tools, self-healing, or rollback.

Next Generation Web-centric Architecture - MarimbaÂ’s open standards, Web-centric architecture (first released in 1997) has been enhanced with J2EE technologies, including JSP and XML. The second-generation architecture provides customers with a browser-based, management portal that makes it easier for systems administrators to install, configure, and manage software distributions. MarimbaÂ’s support for J2EE-based technology facilitates integration with current and future third-party products including Web services management tools.

Pricing and Availability

Report Center - a new component of MarimbaÂ’s technology core and Inventory module - is available immediately. The new enhancements to MarimbaÂ’s Subscription module are planned to be released in Q2 2002. Customers with existing maintenance agreements covering the release will receive it at no additional charge. MarimbaÂ’s Desktop/Mobile Management product family continues to support Windows NT, Windows 2000/XP, HP, Mac, Solaris, Linux, and AIX platforms. For additional information on all of MarimbaÂ’s products, please contact Marimba sales via phone at 1-888-800-5444, or via email at

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

This press release contains forward-looking statements 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 statements regarding:

MarimbaÂ’s major advancements in software automation; the functionality and benefits expected to be provided by MarimbaÂ’s enhanced Desktop/Mobile Management product family, including providing customers with new features and enhanced functionality (such as planned flexible policy management capabilities that enable targeted scheduling, advanced near real-time browser-based reporting and support for J2EE-based architectures; the software releases described above being a major milestone in MarimbaÂ’s product roadmap; the ability of the software releases to allow Marimba to differentiate itself from its competition in the areas of ease of use, ease of deployment and integration with existing IT assets; the ability of the reporting and planned scheduling capabilities to help enterprises further automate the software management and administration process to ease deployment, reduce cost of ownership and improve quality of service. Those results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including: technical challenges customers may face in implementing and deploying MarimbaÂ’s Desktop/Mobile Management product family, which could limit the benefits expected to be provided by such product family; the rapid pace of technological change and other development, marketing and sales challenges faced by Marimba, which could limit the ability of Marimba to make its new products generally available on schedule or with the functionality described; potential increased competition for Marimba in the change management and related markets; and general economic, technological and market conditions, which could affect the level of demand for change management solutions in general and MarimbaÂ’s products in particular. Actual results may differ materially due to these and other factors. All of the future product plans and releases described in this press release are at the sole discretion of Marimba and are subject to change and/or cancellation, and in no way should these future product plans be viewed as commitments on MarimbaÂ’s part. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties described from time to time in MarimbaÂ’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In particular, see the Risk Factors described in MarimbaÂ’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, as submitted to the SEC and as may be updated or amended with future filings or submissions. Marimba undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that may reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.