Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007

Doing some more research on where the competition is at and have been asked some questions around Microsoft's offering of MIIS, which our IdM has a resource adapter to. Actually, its our SQL Server adapter customized for managing the MIIS tables directly.

Decided to catch up on the announcements that Microsoft made at the RSA 2007 conference and got a chance to watch the Microsoft clip on the newly announced Microsoft Lifecycle Manager 2007. You will have to watch it through IE, as MS cannot seem to get a clip to stream through Firefox, even into its own Media Player 10.

All I can say is wow, are they far behind.  The product leads discusses the yet to be release MLM will handle user life cycle identities (like "provisioning" and "deprovisioning" user from multiple directories).

And, hold on to your hats, in the middle of 2008, MLM v2 will be introduced that will allow "end user complete control of their lives, like password resets".  It will even "implement password policy enforcement". Wow, like how cool is that!

Waveset and the subsequent Sun Identity Manager versions (as well as many of our competition) have had these features for years, some out of the box.  Why would anyone think waiting a year for features that we have implemented (not just introduced) nearly 5 years ago?

Microsoft is known not to be on the forefront of technology, but this is way late to the game. And they seem proud of their announcement.

As many of you know I normally am not into the bashing of competition (we let our products speak for themselves), but this was just too entertaining not to share.

Maybe, by 2010 they can have version 3 out that will help with compliance auditing, attestations/periodic access reviews, and separation of duty review. Oops, we have had that for nearly two years and are on our third iteration.

You must really buy into the MS dogma if you find MLM 2007 exciting and bet your identity infrastructure on the future deliverables.




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