Another Side Bar - Welcome Vaau

Well, its official folks. Sun has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Vaau and its RBACx product line.

One of the things analysts give Oracle credit for is "Vision", though acquiring identity software companies to cobble together a solution (have you seen all the moving parts in Oracle?) and slapping a label on it "Fusion" does not strike me as "visionary" at all.   Ask Oracle's John Wookey, who has been replaced as lead on the Fusion project "amid growing worries that the pivotal, complicated initiative may underwhelm customers and investors  when it arrives in late 2008".  Why customers buy into smoke and mirrors on mission critical software projects is way beyond me.

So why the crank on Oracle when we should be celebrating the Vaau purchase?  Won't Sun have the same problem?

The good news is no.  We have been working closely with Vaau for several years now when we recognized their advanced position in the RBAC space. Instead of trying to play catch up, thus consuming valuable IdM resources working hard on 7.X audit and reporting features, we partnered with Vaau, letting them do what they do best and we keep strengthening the core platform.

We have had a resource adapter for RBACx, the Vaau product, for well over a year now. RBACx can be fed user information that IdM knows, role mine new user roles, and feed that back into our product.  We have been learning what true RBAC is in this space and have made product plans to incorporate these features in the future, without requiring a "big bang" (wasn't that a big Fusion?) IT shops and enterprises find difficult to swallow.

So, we are not buying a software shop to plug a hole in a large amorphous cloudy vision and hope to deliver something some day, we are finally welcoming in a valued partner who we have worked with for quite some time.  This is validated by Deloitte's Security & Privacy Services, which has done its due diligence on Vaau and Sun, and has committed to delivering their Enterprise Role Lifecycle Management (ERLM) service based on this technology. This will combine provisioning IdM from Sun, Vaau's role management, and Deloitte's services to create a complete enterprise RBAC solution.  This is not a future deliverable. Call Deloitte now and you can get started.

So, welcome to the team, Vaau. Though its like you have been here all along.

 

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