April 14, 2004

NetIQ Earns Coveted Five-Star Rating From VARBusiness Magazine

Company Lauded by Leading Technology Publication for Partner Programs

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced its recognition by VARBusiness Magazine as one of North America's top information technology (IT) vendors in terms of the breadth and depth of channel partner program element offerings it provides to value-added resellers (VARs). NetIQ received a five-star rating, reflecting the robustness of its channel partner programs for IT solution providers, resellers and consultants.

Of the more than 280 vendor program entries reviewed in six categories, 120 entries (87 individual companies) received the coveted five-star rating in the magazine's 10th annual Partner Programs Guide survey. The Partner Program Guide appears in the March 15, 2004 issue of VARBusiness or online at http://www.varbusiness.com/sections/main/2004ppg.asp

"The NetIQ Authorized Reseller Program has benefited Rutter Networking Technologies, Inc. by allowing us to utilize NetIQ's joint marketing funds, account management team and dedicated Channel resources in order to align and expedite our marketing initiatives with the needs of the industry" said Drew Koellmer, manager of business development at Rutter Networking Technologies, a NetIQ Authorized Reseller.

Robert C. DeMarzo, VARBusiness editorial director, notes that the solution providers through which NetIQ channels its products are critical to providing the proper IT strategies and IT solutions to corporations and institutions. "Through their expertise, solution providers add value to NetIQ's products, ensuring proper, cost-effective implementation of technologies needed to drive business forward," he adds.

"It is quite an honor to have NetIQ's channel program recognized as among the very best in the nation," said Michael Ragusa, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at NetIQ. "We've worked hard to ensure our channel partners see NetIQ not only as a superior technology provider, but also as a company committed to their business success."

To determine the most robust vendor-partner programs and to determine those with a five-star ranking, VARBusiness invited IT vendors to submit their descriptions of their channel partner programs between November 2003 and January 2004. The programs were scored on breadth and depth of program elements within each program. Results were tabulated by Answers Research, a Solana Beach, Calif.-based market research and consulting firm.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. Historically focused on managing Windows-based applications, NetIQ now delivers cross-platform solutions that enhance business performance resulting in higher returns on infrastructure and Web investments. NetIQ products are sold across all continents directly and through a network of authorized NetIQ partners and resellers. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Portland, Ore; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; Galway, Ireland and Auckland, New Zealand. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 17 years, VARBusiness' has delivered access to the Solution Provider and Integrator community. VARBusiness provides strategic business insight and technology direction for Solution Providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these business and technology integrators to make strategic decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design, including the 2003 Gold Eddie award as best BtoB Computing Publication. For additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, please visit their Web site at www.varbusiness.com

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