Corporate executives are demanding convergence of competing federated identity management specifications, making the developers of those specifications feel the heat. But the standoff eventually could hurt end users.
Stories by John Fontana
FRAMINGHAM (10/10/2003) - Microsoft Corp. next month is scheduled to release the first of two management tools slated to play a prominent role in the company's strategy to develop a platform-wide infrastructure for managing Windows.
FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - IBM Corp. next week is scheduled to unveil upgrades to its identity management platform that more tightly integrate its suite of products and provide users with more automated controls of business workflow and applications.
FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - Real-time collaboration is all about integrating various communication tools, and vendor eDial Inc. this week will release a server that ties together voice and data using instant messaging as its hub.
FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - In these days of distributed networks, user management is not for the faint of heart, and that is increasing interest in two techniques for streamlining the process.
FRAMINGHAM (09/29/2003) - Security vendor Neoteris Inc. Monday added to its software access management controls and a host of new features to secure content accessed via a browser.
With management still a major question in the web services model, start-ups, major vendors and standards bodies are stepping up efforts to provide answers to corporate customers.
FRAMINGHAM (09/23/2003) - XML and Web services are emitting a singsong chime these days, humming the letters S-O-A. Service-oriented architecture is in the air.
FRAMINGHAM (09/19/2003) - Integration vendor Sonic Software Corp. next week will upgrade its suite of integration middleware with a pair of servers designed to help corporate users add business applications into a workflow and process a growing level of XML-based data.
FRAMINGHAM (09/15/2003) - Microsoft Corp. Monday introduced a Web conferencing service - and although it features minor integration with the company's enterprise products, the service falls quite short of the company's plan to offer its collection of collaboration software as an integrated package.
Microsoft on Monday introduced a web conferencing service — and although it features minor integration with the company's enterprise products, the service falls quite short of the company's plan to offer its collection of collaboration software as an integrated package.
Microsoft this week shipped one of the first tools in the company's wide-ranging portfolio designed to create a comprehensive platform for managing computing resources.
With Lotus as a lead example, IBM is working to break down the other software products in its portfolio into sets of components that can be assembled quickly in multiple ways to meet corporate computing needs.
IBM/Lotus later this month will ship Notes/Domino 6.5 and begin to show corporate users how to extend the reach of its collaboration software by embedding it in everyday client software.
A forthcoming XML-based standard is living a double life. It is expected to foster integration of current provisioning and identity management software now and will evolve to support Web service in the future.