Gartner Gives Cautious Nod to Oracle Identity Management

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-05-08 Print this article Print

Oracle announces that Gartner has plugged its Oracle Identity Manager tool into its Leaders Quadrant in the 1H06 User Provisioning Magic Quadrant report.

On the occasion of its one-year anniversary of Oracles purchase of Oblix, Oracle has achieved a bragging right. Namely, Oracle announced on May 8 that Gartner has plugged its Oracle Identity Manager tool into its Leaders Quadrant in the 1H06 User Provisioning Magic Quadrant report. Gartner arranges vendors in its "Leaders" quadrant according to the research firms perception of completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Gartner tempered Oracles joy, however, by giving Oracle a grade of "Cautious Optimism"—the "likely highest possible grade," according to Ray Wagner, research vice president at Gartner.
"Integration continues," Wagner said in his notes on the product, which is a component of the Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite. Wagner shared his notes with in an e-mail exchange. "Oracle seems to be fully supporting [the product], both technically and in the sales organization," Wagner wrote in his notes. "Almost all resources [are] devoted to integration and Fusion, as might be expected, but they are keeping up with functionality, more or less." The "less" part of the equation is Oracle Identity Managers Web services management, Wagner said. "[It] appears to be the least supported" aspect, he said, since it is "less important to the Fusion strategy." Heres Gartners take on the product. "Oracle (suite) bought into the IAM market with acquisitions of Phaos (May 2004), Oblix (March 2005), Thor Technologies (a small, pure-play J2EE UP vendor in the UP market for eight years that catered to large financial services organizations, December 2005) and OctetString (December 2005). In a short time, it has amassed a very strong management team and IAM technology portfolio. Adding its January 2005 PeopleSoft acquisition for HR management, Oracle is positioning itself to be the mover and shaker in the IAM market. Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: Join us on May 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn critical best practices for e-mail and instant messaging applications, including tips on "hygiene" from Gartner. "To date, Oracle is fulfilling on its strategy in delivering an integrated product suite. Its IAM road map looks the best of all vendors, including an offering for fine-grained authorization (only BEA Systems and Securent currently have such an offering). Pricing for the IAM suite includes the following modules: federation, access manager, virtual directory and OID, UP, and the Audit/Compliance Manager module for attestation reporting. Next Page: "A good move."

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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