Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire two identity management vendors.
Thor majors in the function of provisioning access to applications and systems via identity, and its acquisition is probably the more significant in terms of differentiating Oracle from competitors. OctetString, meanwhile, specializes in directory virtualization.
Finishing off the year in which Oblix was also acquired, this shows a highly significant commitment to establishing IDM as a core capability within Oracle’s Fusion middleware. Although there is plenty of work to be done to make that happen, with a successful outcome far from being a certainty, Oracle still stands well placed to reap the rewards of at least this area of its acquisition activity, and success would provide an excellent foundation for the industry’s expected transition from application ownership to the use of services.
But where does this leave Oracle’s competitors? Well, in many respects there is only SAP, and we see no hint of a response to Oracle’s typically swashbuckling outlays. Admittedly SAP took its own middleware-related giant leap a few years ago with the dawn of NetWeaver, but it seems that has failed to give sufficient impetus to make the German giant look very lively, and its integration scope does not extend to IDM capability, even though this will become a critical enabler of interoperability between organizations.