June 23, 1998 11:25 AM PDT
Marimba sticks by push software
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Castanet lets its users broadcast and manage software applications over the Internet or through corporate intranets. The software is designed to let information systems managers remotely update the software applications of employees, business partners, and consumers alike.
The version of Castanet announced today improves support for Microsoft's Visual Basic development tool as well as Windows applications, according to Marimba.
While push technologies for delivering information over the Web to consumers by and large have flopped, Marimba is putting its money on a strategy of selling push to businesses as a software delivery mechanism, and now as an application management tool.
"This is a major step forward for the company," Marimba chief executive Kim Polese said on Version 3.0's release. "We're moving up the food chain from software distribution to application management. That means not only getting information from point A to point B, but taking care of what goes on behind the scenes."
Polese expressed optimism both on the subject of her company and on the market for enterprise push technology. Marimba is on schedule for its plans to go public, she said. But she declined to say when that public offering would happen.
Castanet 3.0 is composed of the following smaller suites:
Castanet will be available this month at a starting price of $10,000.