The Forrester Wave on IAM: Oracle a Clear Leader

It’s always a good thing when your work get recognized. Forrester Research has just published a new Forrester Wave ™ Report focused on Identity and Access Management
products.  In this report, Oracle emerges as a clear market leader with a solid
portfolio of integrated products and a “compelling, aggressive strategy” with
application-centric identity.

  • Forrester gives Oracle credit for “aggressively building a versatile and well-rounded IAM product line”.
  • Forrester sees the value that the Oracle IAM suite will bring to Oracle applications in Fusion, as we move IAM “from a security and systems management discipline to one of application architecture and development”.
  • The most recent acquisitions of Bharosa and Bridgestream seem to have played a role, as Forrester likes the enterprise role management and
    risk-based authentication capabilities that those acquisitions added to our fold.

Forrester included six vendors in the assessment, limiting themselves to major vendors that offer a suite of capabilities: BMC Software, CA, IBM, Novell, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. HP declined to participate due to their recent retrenchment. They used a combination of three data sources to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each solution:

  • Hands-on lab evaluations
  • Vendor surveys
  • Customer reference calls

You can download a copy of the report here. A quick snapshot in graphical form is available on page 8 of the report (wish I could post it here).