Sun, Waveset Partner for Integrated Identity Management Solution
7/11/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Waveset Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of innovative identity management solutions, announced an expansion of the companies' strategic alliance to deliver an integrated, standards-based identity management solution for use with PeopleSoft[r] applications. The first iteration of the solution is designed to enable business process integration between Human Capital Management and IT security/identity management, that will help drive down costs in the on-boarding and off-boarding of employees and to increase workforce productivity.
Sun and Waveset are scheduled to demonstrate the integrated solution on July 10 at Burton Group's Catalyst Conference 2003, in San Francisco, Calif. The demonstration will highlight a standards-based interoperability between Sun, Waveset and PeopleSoft based on the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) currently under review by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) for acceptance as an industry-wide standard.
This integrated solution is expected to provide users with the ability to initiate and manage the lifecycle of workforce identity information from a single portal interface, spanning Human Resource (HR), IT and facilities resources. It is designed to combine the functionality of the Liberty Alliance -enabled Sun ONE Identity Server, Sun ONE Directory Server and Waveset Lighthouse[tm] to reduce the time it takes to establish or change access rights, privileges and profile data across multiple applications. This greatly improves an organization's operational efficiency and frees IT resources to focus on other areas.
"As a customer who depends on PeopleSoft to provide authoritative source information on workforce identity data, I am extremely pleased to see Sun and Waveset provide an integrated identity management solution that leverages industry standards in streamlining HR management processes and helping us comply with organizational security policies," said Waveset customer, Larry Burtt, Group Leader at Guidant.
The joint solution developed by Sun and Waveset integrated with PeopleSoft is expected to provide administrators and end users the assurance and convenience of one interface from which to manage all identity-related data. Specifically:
- For HR managers, PeopleSoft HCM system drives workforce add/delete processes from start to finish and acts as the authoritative source for identity information changes.
- For IT managers, centralized, automated provisioning processes based upon SPML result in increased operational efficiencies.
- For security professionals, an integrated HR/identity management combination increases the predictability of business processes that support the management of workforce identities.
- For end users, single-action self-service interfaces provide faster turnaround time on access requests or profile changes.
"Our customers' success is based on their ability to manage human resources competitively, and in the context of larger business processes," said Dean Alms, vice president of strategy at PeopleSoft. "PeopleSoft is pleased to work with Sun and Waveset to lead the industry in providing a highly integrated human capital and identity management solution."
"Adding or removing employees -- whether permanent, contract, full-time or part-time -- from information systems today requires companies to take multiple steps to input and maintain the latest identity data and associated business processes across disparate HR, IT and facility management systems," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Market Development Organization, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This process often results in the proliferation of inconsistent, erroneous workforce information, placing an organization's operational integrity and security at risk. The joint solution offered by Sun and Waveset integrated with PeopleSoft is designed to reduce costs by avoiding the proliferation of such systems and help to minimize potential security breaches associated with the off-boarding process."
The integrated solution will be available in Q3 2003 from authorized Sun and Waveset channels.
About Waveset Technologies, Inc.
Waveset Technologies, Inc. provides innovative identity management solutions that help organizations address the increasing problem of identity anarchy found in today's enterprises. Applying a unique architectural approach, Waveset is the first software provider to support the concept of a single, virtual identity across federated domains and business processes. Waveset, based in Austin, TX counts numerous Fortune 500 companies among its customers. Waveset is a privately held firm funded by Lightspeed Ventures Partners, Austin Ventures, Origin Partners, Silverton Partners, AV Labs, and other private investors.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun ONE, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Waveset and the Waveset logo are trademarks of Waveset Technologies, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of the company with which they are associated. PeopleSofté and the PeopleSoft logo are registered trademarks of PeopleSoft Inc.
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