Oracle Identity Management R3 Plays the Field

Oracle is set to release details about the first update to oracle identity management 10g that ties together the identity technology it gobbled up in november-thor technologies' cross- platform provisioning technologies and octetstring's virtual dire

Oracle is set to release details about the first update to Oracle Identity Management 10g that ties together the identity technology it gobbled up in November—Thor Technologies cross- platform provisioning technologies and OctetStrings virtual directory software.

Beyond adding new compliance features and support for emerging and existing standards, the companys also sticking to its guns when it comes to going heterogeneous with the upcoming Release 3 of Oracle Identity Management 10g.

Oracle is set to announce the release Feb. 14 at the RSA Conference in San Jose, Calif.

The release breaks out of the Oracle box with updated integration with BEA WebLogic 9.0, IBM WebSphere 6.0 and SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0, and advanced integration with Microsoft Active Directory, eDirectory and OpenLDAP. Also, components of Oracle IM 10g R3 are certified for use with Oracles JD Edwards and PeopleSoft applications.

R3 features single sign-on for SAP and integrates with the slew of products Oracle has acquired over the past year, according to Amit Jasuja, vice president of Identity Management Product Development for Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, Calif.

Tighter integration also means that R3 now features single sign-on to Oracle Xellerate Identity Provisioning from CoreID Access and Identity. But what Oracle wants most to point to in R3 are the pumped-up compliance features.

Oracle Xellerate Identity Provisioning is bringing new automated process controls to help conduct faster audits, aiming to lower compliance costs. Oracle is doing this by managing and tracking not only what an individual has access to today but also what a person had access to, for example, six months ago. The access snapshot is stored in a separate database.

"When companies discover a breach, typically it happened at a point in the past," Jasuja said. "OK, who had access on Jan. 1, 2006? is a very difficult problem to solve."

R3s Xellerate Identity Provisioning captures users current and historical privileges, automatically generating periodic snapshots. It can also execute corrective actions to meet compliance demands.