NetIQ to ship ex-Marshal staff to US

NetIQ has confirmed it is offering jobs in the US to some employees of its New Zealand Marshal Content Solutions development centre, which is to close in June.

NetIQ has confirmed it is offering jobs in the US to some employees of its New Zealand Marshal Content Solutions development centre, which is to close in June.

Terry Dyckman, the company’s human resources executive, says NetIQ has made offers to some New Zealand employees and is in the process of working through their relocations, including role clarification, immigration and physical relocation.

NetIQ purchased Marshal Software, which developed email and web content scanning software, in 2002 for $US23 million. Marshal Software was renamed Marshal Content Security Solutions and some staff were made redundant last year as NetIQ re-located several processing functions to the US and Europe.

The remaining 25 staff were informed on March 24 that the New Zealand operation would be shut down by the end of June, with all security-related functions to be centralised at NetIQ’s development centre in Houston, Texas.

In the wake of the announcement, Jason Westland, general manager of New Zealand firm Designer Technology, which built Marshal Software before selling to NetIQ, told Computerworld that Designer Technology had the cash and experience to build “the next Marshal Software”.

Richard Jowsey, head of Death2Spam, which makes similar products to Marshal, has hinted Death2Spam may look to employ ex-Marshal/Net IQ staff, but has made no firm commitment to do so.

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