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Matthew Pollicove

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One of the coolest things about NetWeaver Identity Manager is that there are always new tricks to learn. The development team keeps finding new and interesting ways to extend the functionality of the product. This, in turn, allows us to further extend what we can offer to our customers. Sometimes what I learn for a particular customer is brand-new, sometimes it's functionality that's been around for years, but either way, it's usually of use to someone, so I like to share when I can. Recently I was asked by a client how we could link two fields together so that for a given value chosen in the first field via a pull down box would result in a specific subset of values being available in the second pull-down. After a bit of research and some emailing I found that the use of the FIELD attribute prefix was the way to go. Here's how it all works: In your database, create a... (more)

Identity up in the Cloud

This was a topic that I thought I would really be getting into during 2010, but somehow the Cloud never really seemed to become the story.  On the whole, I think there were more discussions regarding the definition of Identity and the Federation of those identities between systems.  However there's still be some discussion of what the "cloud" actually is and how it should function in various disciplines, including Identity Management. I thought that David Kearns recent article on Avoiding "cloud anguish" an interesting point that I would also like to comment on. "...the “year of” ... (more)

The Importance of the OSS Note

One of the things I've been hearing (and experiencing) lately is that there are a lot of questions about how SAP IDM works.  Sometimes it's a functionality question, sometimes it's an enhancement request, other times it's a bug report. Taking a look on the SAP IDM SDN forum, one can see several instances of all of these issues. However, some feel that the actual issues are never recognized by SAP. This leads to feelings of frustration and that IDM is too complicated. There's actually a pretty simple resolution to this.  When you have a problem, log an OSS note, that's what the... (more)

Using VDS to Promote Efficiency

It's been a while since I posted here, but it's not because I'm not working on NetWeaver IDM or writing. I've been doing a lot of the former and a bit of the latter.  In order to help promote the growth of a NW IDM technical knowledge base, I've been posting most of my IDM specific things on the SAP Community Network Blog. I'll still be posting here from time to time, but it will more likely be architectural or opinion related pieces about IDM. To that point I'd like to talk about the seldom discussed Virtual Directory Server. I've always loved VDS and it's MaXware predecessor, MV... (more)

SECUDE’s Secure SignOn Version 7.2 Supports Windows 7 Platform

Darmstadt, December 11, 2009 - Multiple login procedures with different user name/password combinations are often productivity-sapping inconvenience for employees. Corporate regulations on password complexity do not provide sufficient security. Users just write down complex passwords instead of memorizing them. Such practices are a great security risk making vital data easily accessible to unauthorized personal. Secure SignOn for Enterprise Single Sign-On (E-SSO) ensures high user acceptance, high user productivity, and efficiency by significantly reducing helpdesk calls and by ... (more)