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The Forrester Wave™: Identity And Access Management, Q1 2008

Oracle Emerges As Leader, With IBM, Sun Microsystems, Novell, And CA Close Behind

March 14, 2008

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  • By Andras Cser
  • with Jonathan Penn,
  • Paul Stamp,
  • Allison Viglianti

Why Read This Report

Forrester evaluated leading identity and access management (IAM) vendors across 117 criteria and found that Oracle has established itself as the IAM market Leader due to its solid technology base across the IAM landscape and its compelling, aggressive strategy around what it refers to as application-centric identity. IBM, Sun Microsystems, CA, and Novell are all Strong Performers. They each have some top-notch products, but they also face a few fundamental technological shortcomings across their IAM portfolios; plus, they lack the attention to all the key areas of development and utilization of IAM solutions. BMC Software has failed to keep pace with competitors on functionality, which has hindered market execution, and it is best suited for organizations with a provisioning focus that are already looking to BMC for business service management (BSM) solutions.

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Table of Contents

  • Identity And Access Management Delivers Security With Strong Business Value
  • Our Evaluation Criteria Put The Spotlight On IAM Portfolio Integration
  • Oracle Gains A Tenuous Lead In A Competitive And Dynamic Market
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
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