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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)