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Quicker than I thought possible, another TechEd has come and gone. It's been a fantastic TechEd this year. From the SAP Identity Management perspective we saw some exciting new things this year: NW IDM Service Pack 6 is scheduled to be released in the next couple of weeks with some nice new features.Longer term enhancements will see the end of the dreaded MMC console! I don't think we'll see this in the next couple of enhancements, but I think we'll see it by the end of 2013! Virtual Directory received a renewed focus with sessions not only on standard SAP use cases but also in dealing with Identity Services.SAP SSO got some nice attention as well.  I'd expect that next year we'll have some hands-on sessions as well.One thing that I did notice this year was a near complete lack of attention to GRC.  This has me wondering many things.  I don't think that GRC is goin... (more)

(Database - Sun) + Oracle = Acquisition

It seems that the Europeans are putting their two cents into the pending acquisition of Sun by Oracle. Can't say I'm surprised as many businesses in Europe and around the world use MySQL. I've often thought that this more than anything else would get in the way of the acquisition. Of all the areas of overlap, this seems to be the one that matters the most. Oracle already owns one of the biggest databases around, now it stands to acquire another one with world wide appeal. As the article quoted above mentions: Regulators must “examine very carefully the effects on competition in E... (more)

SECUDE’s Secure Login Client Version 5.0 Enables Windows 7 Support

Security Journal on Ulitzer The need for an easy single, yet secure, login procedure has always been an elusive issue for many big organizations. Multiple user names and passwords, multiple logins, and the ensuing confusion and frustration consume much of a user's productivity in terms of time and energy. Secure Login Secure Login provides secure Single Sign-On and total landscape encryption for SAP supporting a variety of different authentication mechanisms including Active Directory, LDAP, SAP-ID, RADIUS, RSA SecurID®, SQL DB, and even smart cards. Secure Login is tightly inte... (more)

Data Cleanliness

Whether working on user provisioning, password management, compliance, directory virtualization or meta-directory projects, the first step has always been about checking the data and making sure that it is clean. What constitutes clean data, and how do we get it that way? This is almost certainly the most important question that should be addressed when considering an Identity Management project. When considering User Provisioning project, there are a few basic things to consider: Is the data authoritative? It’s important that the data going into the provisioning solution comes f... (more)

SAP TechEd 2012: Day 1

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 m... (more)