By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-04-14 Print this article Print

Bridgestream Started up by a former head of HR at Sybase, Bridgestream attempts to solve the provisioning and access problems faced by large enterprises. When something changes in a corporation—reorganization, layoff or project change—all sorts of changes need to happen to corporate systems. VPN and building access needs to be shut off. Folder access needs to be changed. Phone numbers rerouted. Passwords and access rights changed. In many organizations, all those changes take place close to the user. The facility person changes access codes. The network guys change VPN or corporate network rights. Network and application passwords are typically changed by the owners of those systems.
Synchronizing all those changes, especially in the case of a layoff, can be a nightmare. IT typically doesnt know about corporate restructurings until the night before. Inevitably, something gets overlooked. There are numerous stories of contractors retaining access to systems long after the job has ended, or embittered former employees stealing data after being laid off. With Bridgestreams real-time authorization management system, all that can be automated.
And, in addition to automating changes to ERP, network sign-on, collaboration tools and other systems, the system saves a record of those changes. That means lawyers and others can go back in time to see who had access to what, when. "Thats a critical part of Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance," said Kertzmann, who sits on Bridgestreams board. "It helps them document and manage all those things that are required by law." Setups no picnic. Bridgestream integrates with Oblix, Netegrity and Microsofts Directory Services, but it takes a lot of elbow grease to put it all together. And only large companies with a pre-existing identity management program will find real value in Bridgestream. But for at least one large financial services customer, its proving invaluable. The pilot implementation, which has now gone into production, manages 150,000 employees worldwide. Its available now, and for more information, head to Bridgestreams Web site at Next page: Sapias keeps tabs on fleets.

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel