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Marimba upgrades tool to track app use

Marimba has upgraded an application-tracking tool that can measure how often end users run the programs installed on their PCs. The upgrade to the tool is designed to help IT managers reduce costs by weeding out unneeded software licences.

The Software Usage Solution 6.0 release extends the tool's capabilities for tracking application inventories to automated collection of usage details, such as the last time an application was opened and how frequently it gets used, said Kelly Wagman, a senior product marketing manager at Marimba.

IT managers can use the data to decide whether to buy more software licences, harvest unused applications for other end users or cancel unneeded licences. 

The application-tracking tool also can be used with Marimba's software-distribution technology to remove unused programs from PCs automatically. The upgraded software starts at $30,000 and is due to ship next month. 

Tim Wilson, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, said many other suppliers offer similar products, including heavyweights such as Computer Associates and IBM's Tivoli Software unit. 

Wilson added that Marimba's usage-metering capability and the integration of the company's tracking tool and its software distribution and automatic uninstall functions differentiate its technology from rival products. 

But Fred Broussard, an analyst at IDC, disagreed, saying that Marimba is "running with the pack" of competitors in offering such capabilities.

Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld


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