Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another Entry into the IdM Managed Services Space

I just read an interesting press release this morning from Watson SCS, an IBM Identity Management SI. They've announced an off-premise managed service offering offering called Identity Management On Demand, bolstering the following:
implementation of a simple Identity Management program can be executed in twelve weeks – about half as long as the quickest deployment of a customized solution.
I have special interest in this area. (Last week, Identropy announced the expansion of its off-premise managed identity services offering (iMIS) by adding support for Novell Identity Manager.) What's interesting about Watson SCS's play is that they're opting to offer a fully managed service, hosted off-site. A few days ago, I was speaking to a colleague at another integrator who recently pulled the plug on their off-site offering, for reasons I've already discussed.

Anyhow, it's great to hear more offerings in this space. It validates what we've been hearing from our clients: Why is this stuff so painful to implement and manage?

Welcome to the party, Watson SCS...looking forward to seeing you out in the field.


Ian said...

I didn't think anyone actually used ITIM Express, which is what the offering seems to be based on :-)

BTW, are my eyes deceiving me or is that press release from 2007? I can't seem to find anything about this offering on the company's website.

Ashraf Motiwala said...

good catch, ian. i didnt notice that the press release is 2 years old. i guess google alerts sometimes picks up old articles.
i also noticed that there site doesn't have anything about it. oh well.

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