In the highly traditional world of banking, unconventional thinking goes a long way, which is why some banks are developing Internet strategies without business models in place.

This newfound pioneering spirit among banks and nonbanks bodes well for companies like Marimba, Inc., a privately held software company whose Castanet "push" technology product is rapidly gaining attention within the financial services community. Castanet enables financial institutions to broadcast content over corporate networks and the Internet. The system has two components: a Castanet Transmitter server and a Tuner client, which enables consumers, for example, to subscribe to application channels deployed by various transmitters across corporate intranets or the Internet.

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