By Simon Moffatt on Feb 12, 2009
This month saw the release of a market overview paper by the research group Forrester focusing on Identity Compliance and Enterprise Role Management. Sun with it's Role Manager solution was named as the vendor with the largest market share in 2008 as well as being one of the vendors with the largest number of active production customers. The paper focused on the main players in the certification and RBAC market place as well as the niche vendors who are developing customer ready solutions with success.
The core reasons for developing a role management solution are generally agreed to be the benefit of increased security, faster user administration and better reporting. Certification and business understanding of the user access process are also seen as the bi-product of the initial role engineering process.
The increased demand for complete identity provisioning, certification and role management solutions has lead Forrester to estimate the 2008 market to be worth in the region of $70m with 'high double digit' growth. In the times of economic downturn, large scale company restructing and redundancies, the need for short term identity cleanup and faster user provisioning should see this revenue opportunity grow further.
The Forrester report also listed Sun as having the largest number of users with entitlements managed in a single deployment, with over 1.1m under control.
The Sun Role Manager solution is based on the Vaau RBACx product acquired in 2008. Vaau had a strong history of consultancy in the certification and role management space and this has allowed Sun to continue to dominate large opportunities especially in the financial services sector.
The technical strengths of the SRM solution are also evident with it's ability to work on virtually any J2EE support platform, without the need for complex adapter development or large scale integration time. Out of the vendors analysed Sun were part of only a select group of 3 with a fully functioning WSDL webservices interface documented and available for third party integration.
The 12 months since the acquisition of Vaau have seen the Sun solution seize the initiative in the market place, driving strategy and shaping the once buzz topic into a high revenue emerging market.