Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Today, the 11g R2 version of the Oracle Identity and Access Management platform was formally announced, with the tagline, “Optimized to Secure the New Digital Experience.”
We in the information security organizations of Oracle have been waiting anxiously for this announcement. This week, the North American Sales and Sales Consulting organizations gathered in Santa Clara, CA, to be training in this exciting new set of products.
There are three major reasons why I believe this announcement is a big step forward for our customers.
First, this release delivers advanced functionality that gives really compelling business reasons for existing Sun Identity Manager customers to migrate to the Oracle Platform. It is no longer an issue of “moving from point A to point A in functionality,” just to get on the Oracle platform before premium support expires for the Sun product. It means moving to the Oracle platform to leverage really innovative capabilities that will accelerate business value..
Second, this platform brings to reality a dream we were promoting at Sun as part of Project Destination way back before the Oracle acquisition: integrating Identity and SOA technologies to deliver “highly personalized, identity-enabled, blended applications on mobile devices.” The new Mobile and Social capabilities and Secure API functionality added to the Oracle Access Management platform, provide a fully-integrated platform to deliver such functionality more easily and more securely than ever before. Back at Sun, many of our customers adopted the vision we espoused, but making it happen was pretty hard work. Now, the Oracle Access Management platform does all the heavy lifting for us.
Third, this release shows continued, significant progress towards Oracle’s vision of a truly integrated, service-oriented architecture for Identity and Access Management. No longer is the Oracle suite just a nice collection of acquired products. From my perspective as an Enterprise Architect, it is great to see the convergence of data models, functionality, administration services and architectural components. It is the simplification and streamlining of architecture that will ultimately solve the complexity our customers face.
So, it will be great to work with our customers to show how they can leverage this great platform to meet their business needs. Saddle up for a great ride!