By identity on Feb 19, 2008
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.