REDMOND, Wash., July 2, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced support from leading industry systems integrators (SIs), independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) for its Microsoft®
Identity Integration Server 2003 (MIIS) and other identity management offerings. With this support, Microsoft is delivering a key element that represents a comprehensive and cost-effective identity management solution that will help customers reduce the cost, risk and complexity associated with managing end-user identities. MIIS, paired with broad industry support, will equip customers with the technologies and services they need today to effectively plan, implement and manage an end-to-end identity management strategy that conforms to their unique business needs.
“Customers look to us as a strategic partner that can help bring industry partner products and services together, making identity management solutions on the Windows® platform simple and cost-effective,”
said Bill Veghte, corporate vice president for the Windows Server (TM) Group at Microsoft.
“We inherently understand that the key to success for our customers comes from forging strong industry partnerships that deliver the needed technologies, services and support to back innovative new products such as MIIS.”
Interoperable Technologies and Comprehensive Services
Microsoft is working with a leading group of SIs, IHVs and ISVs that are delivering products and services that enable customer identity management solutions. All these industry partners are working with customers to implement successful identity management solutions based on Active Directory®
and new products introduced today (see related announcement,
“Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 Released to Manufacturing”
Technologies from companies like Business Layers Inc., DigitalPersona Inc., M-Tech Information Technology Inc., Oblix Inc. and OpenNetwork Technologies have been designed to easily interoperate with Microsoft’s identity management offerings and to provide customers with well-integrated solutions that deliver a best-of-breed approach to solving identity management problems. In addition, many of the industry’s leading SIs, including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, ePresence Inc., Ernst & Young, Fujitsu Services, HP Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Unisys Corp., are working with Microsoft to deliver a full range of assessment, planning and implementation services.
Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are providing customers with a broad selection of solutions to help them realize better return on their investments through implementation of an identity management solution on the Windows platform.
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Industry Partner Support
“Business Layers is excited to support Microsoft’s identity management offering with the introduction of eProvision Microsoft Edition. We are now able to offer customers tight integration with Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 and other key Microsoft systems, on the industry’s only completely Microsoft-based product. Leveraging a wizard-driven installation as well as default policy and workflow templates for common scenarios, customers will see increased efficiency and rapid return on investment when using this solution.”
Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy
“The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Microsoft Global Alliance is a strategic relationship that combines technological and consulting expertise to solve the critical business problems of clients worldwide. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young sees Microsoft’s commitment to innovation around the identity management domain as a vitally important step. The deployment of Microsoft’s identity management software will enable real and substantial cost savings for many of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s customers around the world.”
Global Security Product Manager
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
“DigitalPersona and Microsoft are working together to secure and centralize user authentication via Microsoft Active Directory and Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM). Customers deploying identity management solutions are demanding the inclusion of fingerprint recognition in order to tighten security and reduce the growing administrative costs and productivity burdens of password management practices.”
“Our customers are striving to reduce the cost and complexity related to the disconnected application identity silos that exist within their organizations today. Through Microsoft Identity Management Solution Accelerator, Microsoft and ePresence are providing actionable best practices that help customers address their needs for identity and access management.”
Senior Vice President and General Manager
“Identity management is or should be one of the top concerns in enterprisewide security management, especially when viewed from a CSuite perspective. Ernst & Young is proud to team with Microsoft to help address this challenging and critical business issue.”
Mark W. Doll
Americas Director of Security and Technology Solutions
Ernst & Young
“It is an exciting time for Microsoft to be releasing Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003, the latest version of its identity management tools. It allows enterprises to further realize the enormous benefits that come from implementing these solutions, such as people data integrity, greatly reduced administration costs, and security.”
Practice Head for Information Security
“HP is one of the world’s largest integrator of Microsoft technologies and is a long-standing provider of services related to Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003. HP is now expanding and extending this relationship to apply Microsoft’s emerging identity management components and capabilities.”
Director, Microsoft Infrastructure
“Our customers need solutions to help them better manage the identities of enterprise users. The cost, complexity and business impact of managing identity data for employees, contractors, vendors and other enterprise users has skyrocketed with the rapid increase in the number of systems, administration tools and processes. M-Tech’s solutions help organizations cope. M-Tech is committed to offering identity management solutions that integrate into existing customer infrastructure, including Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Active Directory and Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003.”
“Since 1996, Oblix and Microsoft have worked together to develop integrated solutions for enterprise customers that optimize the scalable and flexible identity management capabilities of Oblix NetPoint for the Windows platform. This integration helps customers build high-end, cost-effective identity management systems capable of handling millions of concurrent users across the extended enterprise, including employees, partners, customers and suppliers.”
President and Chief Executive Officer
“OpenNetwork and Microsoft share common goals for identity management: to deliver technology that will dramatically reduce the IT administrative burden and improve business processes in a nonintrusive manner. Our solution, Universal IdP, provides customers with the tightest native Microsoft technology support and integration and leverages all of its strongest benefits: scalability, performance and manageability. We also take those capabilities one step further by extending the benefits across platforms and domains in the most unified and manageable way.”
Vice President of Alliances
“Customers will benefit from our work with Microsoft in this space because it provides a proven end-to-end approach and the guidance necessary to remove the complexity associated with implementing an identity and access management solution.”
Partner, Security and Privacy Practice
“Web services create unique security challenges that require robust identity management (IdM) solutions. Our strategic alliance with Microsoft has resulted in the Unisys IdM Framework, which combines our expertise in IdM with Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 to provide a dynamic and flexible IdM solution that enhances enterprise security. The Unisys IdM Framework incorporates biometrics, smart card, directory services, access control, provisioning, workflow and PKI technology and implementation services, and is specifically targeted at the Microsoft environment.”
Chief Security Advisor