Identity Manager in Leaders' Quadrant for User Positioning


WALTHAM, Mass. - 04 Sep 2007 - Novell today announced it has been positioned in the leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s, "Magic Quadrant for User Provisioning, 2H07" by Earl Perkins and Roberta J. Witty, August 23, 2007. NovellRegistered Identity Manager, the company's user-provisioning solution, helps customers reduce deployment and administration costs, simplify complex provisioning, manage user roles more securely and maintain compliance with industry regulations.

According to Gartner, "User provisioning has moved beyond an IT project implementation issue to a business program concern, one that may have broader implications across the enterprise or institution and requires broader communication across a broader constituency. As such, this has been the primary inhibitor to existing user-provisioning projects and the most common cause of failure. Vendors that recognize this need and are able to most effectively address it are leaders in user provisioning and will remain so. This remains a key criterion with equal weighting to market share or revenue."

The most recent version, Novell Identity Manager 3.5, delivers a high level of integration with Novell's authentication, single sign-on, and security information and event monitoring solutions. Identity Manager 3.5 offers flexible tools - such as advanced visual modeling, workflow design and self-service capabilities - to help reduce the administrative burden of entering, updating and deleting user information across heterogeneous systems.

"We are proud to be positioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant as we think this demonstrates that our identity management solution provides the functionality and features customers require to solve their current and future user provisioning and roles management challenges," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager for Identity and Security Management at Novell. "Identity Manager seamlessly integrates with Novell's portfolio of powerful access management and security and information event monitoring solutions to provide our customers with a robust, integrated solution for supporting governance, risk and compliance initiatives. We will continue our leadership in identity management by delivering enhanced roles management capabilities and innovative productivity tools to address the needs of our customers and business partners."

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