Day 1, all I can really say is Wow! I attended sessions on the latest
addition to the SAP's Identity Management line up, some of it's oldest
technology and the future of the NetWeaver IDM. After today's session, my
mind is completely blown away.
I started the day with two informative sessions on SAP's Single Sign-on
Offering based on the technology asset acquisition from SECUDE about 18
months ago. SAP has clearly recognized that information security must begin
at the login and proceed from there. I'm looking forward to learning more
about it over the next year or so. It's a major technology on my radar and
should be considered as a key strategic goal for all SAP implementations.
The next session was based on a favorite technology of mine, the Virtual
Directory Server (VDS). Virtual Directory technology has been the "next big
thing" in Identity Management for many... (more)
There has been quite a bit of discussion about the potential futures of SAP
IDM and SAP GRC. SAP has just started a survey so that they can get customer
input. I would encourage all customers using or considering these products to
take the poll.
I've worked with the integration between the two products several times now,
and I can honestly say that I have never achieved the results that I wanted.
As I've thought about the issues that have kept me from getting what I (and
of course, my clients) want, it all seems to come down to the architecture.
The way SAP would have it, GRC is t... (more)
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)
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
There's actually a pretty simple resolution to this. When you have a
problem, log an OSS note, that's what the... (more)
I'm here in Las Vegas, Nevada for SAP TechEd 2012 and I could not be happier.
It's looking like quite the busy week of IDM related training. Attendees
are arriving and I've already seen a few people I know from SAP, past
projects and the greater IDM Community. From what I've already heard we're
in for a week of exciting learning, future product direction and late
breaking functionality in the product. In addition to working with IDM this
week, I'll be attending several sessions on the SSO solution that SAP
purchased from SECUDE last year. Now that a year has gone by, the produ... (more)