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First look onto EmpowerID

I’ve had the chance to get a demo on one of the .Net-based IAM tools earlier this week. I had the pleasure to get some insight on the EmpowerID product platform. As i do come from a legacy-Voelcker background, being shifted through the aquisition through Quest Software in 2010 and joining my current (vendor neutral – although we do have unique competencies for a couple of IDM / IAM / IAG tools) employer, i’m still working mainly with what is now Dell One Identity Manager, which completely based on the Microsoft .Net stack, as the EmpowerID suite is. There are a couple of things in common: both tools come with their very own database based meta-directory (EmpowerID support Microsoft SQL Server, Dell supports Microsoft SQL Server as well as an Oracle Database Server), both tools use the IIS server for their web applications, both tools do ship with a graphical workflow designer, both tools ship with a bundle of native connectors but are able to be extended using their API capabilities to program custom connectors against their extensible meta-directory. There are a couple of mor things in common betwenn D1IM and the EmpowerID suite, but there are also a whole bunch of differences between the two solutions approaching the same problem. The main issue at least for the european market for the EmpowerID suite is the missing SAP connector to provision into the SAP security stack. They do have a connector to provision Identities from or to SAP HCM natively, which Dell is currently missing as a native connector.

From what i’ve seen during that 90 minute demo, i’d like to get a demo installation of the EmpowerID solution suite to do some hands-on experiments discovering the tool. It looked pretty nice, pretty quick and pretty responsive although the majority of the configuration and administration is done through web interfaces.

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