Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Top 10 Things That IT Does in Tough Times

Love this blog from Ping Identity -- Top 10 Things That IT Does in Tough Times. I couldn't agree more about the uptake on open source. We've seen a significant increase in OpenSSO activity over the last two months and attribute this to organizations looking for open source identity alternatives during these tough times. Check out our month by month message activity in the OpenSSO Project below.

Tuesday Dec 02, 2008

Federated SSO to SugarCRM using OpenSSO & simpleSAMLphp

The Sun Writers have been popping our tons of great technical articles of late on how to use OpenSSO 8. The latest one shows how to use OpenSSO and simpleSAMLphp to federate between an identity provider application written in Java and a service provider application written in php. The article uses SugarCRM, an open source php application, as an example. Check out the article and try it out if you have time!

Monday Dec 01, 2008

Sun Gartner WAM Leader Agaaaaaaain!

I'm thrilled to say we were positioned as a leader in the Gartner WAM MQ again this year. I'm very happy with the results and encourage you to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor rather than the color of the pretty dots. :-) Below is the image and Sun's strengths and weaknesses. We thought our growth was pretty impressive last year, Gartner didn't agree. Don't worry about that though, because we're just getting started. In fact, our product revenue grew by 30% last year. If you're interested in reading the whole report click here.

SUN MICROSYSTEMS

Product: Sun OpenSSO Enterprise (formerly Sun Access Manager)

Sun is a leader in the WAM market, due to a combination of technical platform expertise, diverse and experienced partnerships in consulting and SI; a growing customer base; and consistent customer service. OpenSSO Enterprise is a full-featured product, with identity federation, SOA capabilities and built-in Web services security functions.

Strengths

    \* Due to technical platform expertise, diverse and experienced partnerships in consulting and SI, a growing customer base, and consistent customer service, Sun is a leader in the WAM market.

    \* OpenSSO Enterprise is a full-featured product, with built-in identity federation, SOA capabilities and Web services security functions.

    \* Sun plays a leadership role in open-source WAM through the OpenSSO project, which gives the company a potential customer base and the benefit of the efforts of the community that has developed around OpenSSO. When this option is included, Sun has the widest variety of pricing options for a WAM offering, and also has appealing standard pricing.

    \* Sun has focused on ancillary functionality to ease deployment, including federation partner offerings ("fedlets"), as well as standard, out-of-the-box task-based workflows.

    \* Sun's Partner Advantage Program remains a model for covering consulting, system integration, VAR and independent software vendor (ISV) needs for IAM customers.

    \* OpenSSO Enterprise now includes Microsoft SharePoint support and a fully functional security token service.

Caution

    \* Sun has a large customer base for OpenSSO Enterprise; however, growth in the customer base was relatively flat in 2007.

Thursday Nov 20, 2008

Entitlements Pyramid Scheme

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!

There's a new pyramid scheme hitting the world of identity called entitlements management. It's sprouted up as a new space and lots of vendors are selling standalone entitlement management solutions that customers purchase and deploy in to their environments. I just don't get it! Web Access Management solutions were built to do this. Rather than create a completely separate solution to deploy and maintain in your environment why not leverage that?

So . . . This rant is aimed at telling you three things about Sun's entitlement management plans.

1. We are in the process of expanding OpenSSO to handle Fine Grained Authorization / Entitlement Management out-of the box! We will NOT sell you another thing that you need to deploy in to your datacenter.

2. You will see this in OpenSSO Express by late Spring / Early Summer! Yep. This one is in the works and it's going to be very cool. We have some slick ideas and this is going to be our next "fedlet."

3. It will be all be open source! You heard that right. Everything we do will be available via the opensso community and free to use. If you are interested in contributing let us know.

Sun will be the ONLY provider to offer a single solution that not only does access controls, federation and secure web services, but also entitlement management. Stay tuned for more to come!!!!

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