Tuesday Feb 19, 2008

Welcome, Vaau!

On February 15th, Sun completed its acquisition of Vaau, a premier provider of Enterprise Role Management (ERM) and identity compliance solutions. Please allow me to add my welcome to these great folks and great technology. I was pleased with Sun's announcement last November to acquire Vaau. It is always great to see good business transactions like this come to fruition.

Last week, I joined Sun software specialists from all over the world at a three day training event focused the RBACx product (now Sun Java System Role Manager) and related methodologies. We got to install to software, kick its tires, discuss the intriguing processes of applying the Vaau technology to business problems and hang out with a few of the key people in the organization.

In our training class, the characteristics that resonated most with me were:

  • The ability to define roles in a blended fashion - taking the best of top-down modelling and bottoms-up data mining role discovery methods
  • The facilities to not only discover, but manage and maintain role definitons as an organization grows and changes.
  • The linkage between RBACx and the Sun Identity Manager product for proactive compliance

I still have much to learn, but am confident this acquisition and the ongoing work to integrate the technology and people into Sun will be positive for our customers and for Sun.

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Tuesday Nov 13, 2007

Intent to Acquire Vaau

Yesterday, Sun Microsystems announced its intent to acquire Vaau, a premier provider of Enterprise Role Management (ERM) and identity compliance solutions.

Jim McHugh, Sun VP Software Infrastructure Marketing stated, "As a leader in enterprise role management and identity certification, Vaau provides an integrated set of capabilities to automate and enforce internal security controls that will further enhance Sun's ability to provide comprehensive solutions to our customers across the full spectrum of governance, risk and compliance."

I heartily endorse this decision and welcome Vaau into the Sun Identity Management fold. Role Management is clearly a strong need in the enterprise Identity Management industry. We have been working with Vaau closely for several months. This acquisition will strengthen Sun's position as the market leader in this space.

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Discovering Identity was founded on blogs.sun.com in May 2005 as a means of documenting my exploration of the field of Identity and Access Management. In February, 2010, I switched to hosting the blog at DiscoveringIdentity.com. In March 2012, I began posting Oracle-related information in both places.

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