Oracle broadens identity portfolio

Oracle’s recent acquisitions of Thor and OctetString could give the software vendor an edge against other vendors in the identity and access management (IAM) space, according to analyst firm Gartner.

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By  Caroline Denslow Published  December 11, 2005

Oracle’s recent acquisitions of Thor and OctetString could give the software vendor an edge against other vendors in the identity and access management (IAM) space, according to analyst firm Gartner. The database giant bought the two pure-play IAM companies for an undisclosed amount, early last month. Thor Technologies offers a full-featured user-provisioning product, while OctetString offers a virtual-directory product that can manage a variety of identity repositories, avoiding the need for a meta-directory in many cases. Oracle’s latest acquisitions follow two previous deals in the IAM sector. In March, Oracle acquired Oblix, and it now plans to incorporate the smaller company’s technologies and products within its fusion line of middleware solutions. Oracle also bought Phaos, a federated identity management company, in May 2004. The two recent purchases, said Gartner, are set to give Oracle a stronger identity management and access management portfolio, than other vendors such as BMC, CA, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Novell and Sun. More importantly, they will allow Oracle to offer customers ID management tools that can work with third-party systems. Previously, the company’s ID management tools only worked with its own software. “Oracle’s offering of IAM products now pushes ahead of other IAM competitors,” Garter wrote in an online advisory. “This is thanks largely to Oracle’s world-class database; Oracle Internet Director, the 10g application server and portal, Oracle’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management applications, and, most importantly, its two human-resource applications — Oracle HR and PeopleSoft (which Thor already supports),” it added. “Oracle’s combined products could become a powerhouse business-process-oriented IAM offering for employees, contingent workers, suppliers and trading partners, ” it continued. To realise its IAM potential, Gartner suggests Oracle should maintain partnerships with RSA Security for strong authentication and Siemens for smartcard and physical-security access systems. The analyst firm also said it should continue its competitive IAM pricing structure, maintain support for ERP-competitor SAP, and leverage the PeopleSoft connection for user provisioning penetration.

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