Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Increased competition in the Enterprise Identity Management space

The recent spate of announcements made by the large Enterprise Identity Management (IDM) vendors has made the competitive landscape very interesting for the suite vendors (IBM, Oracle, CA, BMC, Sun, HP).

Oracle just released (OK so it was in August, but that's still quite recent) version 10g release 3 of their IDM suite with much more tightly integrated components and increased functionality.

The very recent Gartner Identity and Access Management summit has also yielded announcements from HP and CA. HP has announced increased functionality in their suite, although I'm not convinced they are that integrated yet. Their focus has not been on their IDM business and as a result, they've taken a little longer to integrate all their acquisitions. CA announced new versions of the major products in their suite. They coupled this with the announcement of an OEM agreement with Ping Identity to incorporate their federation technology into the eTrust SiteMinder product. They're also further along in their acquisition integration journey than some of the other vendors so by now they have probably gotten their act together and have an integrated suite to rival IBM. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next year or so in this space with IBM yet to announce new versions of their products this year (other than the new Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway for SMB).

Next move, IBM? Or maybe some kind soul will finally integrate Sun's suite for them as they've pretty much "Open Sourced" everything. They can only hope.

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