An identity management challenger from Germany

* Beta Systems in Gartner's Magic Quadrant

An identity management vendor I wasn't at all familiar with is Berlin's Beta Systems Software. It showed up in the "Challengers" section of the recent Gartner Magic Quadrant report on provisioning, grouped loosely with HP, Siemens and M-Tech.

Beta Systems didn't start out in the identity management field but purchased its SAM Jupiter product from the Swiss consulting firm Systor. Systor had inherited the product through its 2000 acquisition of the product's original creator, Schumann Security Software. The prototype of SAM Jupiter had been developed as a security product back in 1994 as an aid to security administration! Beta has beefed up SAM Jupiter by adding to it Okiok's Focal Point enterprise single sign-on tool, which Beta is selling as the sole marketing vendor.

Gartner says, in the Magic Quadrant report, that "SAM Jupiter has the best role-based provisioning support in the market, including a role-mining module. It is one of the few vendors that can perform RAM [role-based access management, also known as role-based access control or RBAC] on a number of target systems, and it also has SPML [service provisioning markup language] support."

While Beta Systems is far better known in Europe than in the rest of the world, it is making the effort to become a player wherever identity management projects are being contemplated. It will be exhibiting at the upcoming Catalyst conference, but if you won't be there (or simply just can't wait) there's a Webcast available - done in partnership with Gartner and Accenture - called "Identity Management: Addressing the Growing Pressures of Regulatory Compliance". The Webcast will give you a good idea of what the company is trying to accomplish. Further information can be found in the company's white paper "Enterprise Security Management" (PDF) on the benefits of SAM Jupiter. We'll be hearing more from Beta Systems in the near future.

**** Last month's Internet Identity Workshop (see "An intelligent electronic rental car assistant") has spawned another event, The Identity Open Space, which is being jointly produced by the IIW and the Liberty Alliance, taking place July 20-21 in Vancouver, Canada. The Identity Open Space is being held the same week as Liberty's quarterly members' meeting, which will, for the first time, be open to non-Liberty members to attend. If you want to attend the Identity Open Space, you should act fast, as space is limited!

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