Gartner Gives Cautious Nod to Oracle Identity Management

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 eWEEK.com 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.

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"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.

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