Consul fit right in.

By Brian Prince  |  Posted 2008-01-28 Print this article Print

"Another element of the deal that is often overlooked is the mainframe auditing expertise and capabilities that Consul brought to the table," he continued. "Consul was such an attractive target for IBM because these capabilities fit right into IBM's sweet spot, serving large corporations that had several legacy and mainframe applications."

Looking at the continuously-growing compliance market, Lovejoy sees customers yearning for what she called seamless compliance orchestration.

"They're seeking closed-loop control for the compliance process-identity control, implementation control, monitoring control and then the ability to measure effectiveness of change and (the) ability to make changes based on the assessed risk."

Delivering on that, she said, means further integrating IBM's security event and information management software with software from its Tivoli, ISS, Rational and Information Management product lines.   

To Kark, IT managers have had too many experiences with point products that are short on scalability or don't integrate well within their existing environment, which leads to customers looking for an integrated product suite.

"The end goal is to manage the information risk and regulatory compliance is a means to get there...IBM is in a great position to be able to offer these capabilities to its clients," he said.




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