A Good Move

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

"Oracles acquisition of Thor was a good move because it had no UP product outside of its own Oracle product suite. It also left RSA Security with a gap in its IAM suite because it had a strong partnership with Thor before the Oracle acquisition. Administrative SOD enforcement is native to the UP product (through the explicit deny access policies function), with violations reporting through the Web application. Reporting of SOD violations will be available in the second half of 2006. "Real-time enforcement of SOD policies is available through Oracles Internal Control Manager (ICM) product, which currently supports the Oracle eBusiness Suite. The product has good production deployment change management features and has SPML support. Oracle partners with Bridgestream for RME capability. With PeopleSoft being a leading HR application, we will continue to look for progress on Oracle selling its IdM suite through this channel."
Hasan Rizvi, vice president of Security and Identity Management Products for Oracle, said that the company has seen "good customer momentum" based on its original strategy when it entered the identity management arena by purchasing Oblix.
That strategy had three parts: provide a complete suite of best-in-class components, to spare customers who were struggling with integrated individual components; help customers with application integration as they struggle to integrate identity management components with business applications such as SAP, PeopleSoft HR and Siebel CRM; and to allow heterogeneous support and standards support in order to facilitate identity management technology deployment. "Were receiving recognition not just from customers but from analysts as well," Rizvi said." Like other identity access management vendors, Oracle has been using regulatory compliance to pitch the product. The release to general availability of Oracle Identity Manager 10g Release 3 at the end of Fiscal Year 2006 is an example of this focus, Rizvi said. For example, the product sends out e-mail at regular intervals to notify administrators of who they have working for their organizations and what access rights to which systems those users have. The feature requires that administrators certify that the list is correct; otherwise, it sets off an alert. Mike Neuenschwander, an analyst at Burton Group, said Oracle is well-positioned to sell the product and the suite to customers who want to buy from a brand like Oracle. "There seems to be a willingness on the part of customers [to believe] that Oracle can deliver something more open or general purpose or whatever it may be," said Neuenschwander, in Midvale, Utah. "Customers have sort of welcomed this message from Oracle." Oracle plans to announce four new Identity Manager customers on May 9: storage vendor Network Appliance; Gevity, a human resources outsourcing firm; Highmark, an insurance company; and Seguro Popular, a government agency in Mexico. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com 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 eWEEK.com, 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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