Thursday Aug 07, 2008

Role Management through Identity Manager, Role Manager or Both

We have just release Identity Manager 8.0, which is a major upgrade compared to its predecessors in terms of provisioning, management and reporting of identities and their roles.

Identity Manager 8.0 introduces the idea of typed roles, such as Business Roles, Applications Roles, Asset Roles, IT Roles, Functional Roles, .... that can be used to group entitlements (attributes, LDAP groups, accounts, ...), and can then be assigned as a role to one or more identities.
The assignment of roles can be optional, mandatory, or conditially based on existing rules or rules made on the fly through the onboard wizard.

With the release of Role Manager 4.x, that product also provides similar role management capabilities.
The question then lies on when to use which of these management environments, when to use identity manager and/or role manager, when to combine both products, which product allows role mining, etc ....

All this and more is answered in a new webcast explaining all the new stuff in Identity Manager 8.0, and zooming in on combining Identity Manager and Role Manager in an set-up for role management needs.

The webcast can be found at :
http://nettalk.sun.com/bhive/c/1000/1484/index.html?cid=222962

Friday Jun 13, 2008

Identity Manager 8 ready to ship

Don't tell you heard it from me, but it seems Identity Manager 8 is already available for download.

http://blogs.sun.com/IdentityCrisis/date/20080610

I'm pretty excited about this new release as it finally brings n-level RBAC support with unlimited types of Roles to the famous Identity Manager product.
One can now out-of-the-box define business roles, it-roles, asset roles, profile roles, ... conditionally assign roles to each other, nest these roles, manually assign any type of roles via approval workflow, assign entitlements and resources to these roles, assign identity attributes to them etc ...

Have a play with the product, check out the release notes, and read the updated documentation.
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1514.5?l=en

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Bert Van Beeck is a Senior Software Architect at Sun Microsystems, specialized in Sun's Identity Management portfolio. He's part of the Northern European pre-sales software team.

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