25 May 2007
Updated: 25 May 2007
BMC has killed its .Net Identity Management product suite in part because partner Microsoft is squeezing BMC out with development of its own identity software, according to an internal Microsoft memo.
BMC in early May quietly ended investment and development in the .Net Identity Management suite with the current version 5.2 being the final edition. Planned enhancements, such as support for the Service Provisioning Markup Language, have also been killed.
The details were revealed in a memo Microsoft sent late Wednesday to an internal e-mail distribution list.
BMC .Net Identity Management is a suite of identity management tools, such as access control, provisioning, workflow, single sign-on and user self-service, that run on top of Microsoft’s Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) 2007 (formerly called Microsoft Identity Information Server).
The memo highlights a growing rift between Microsoft and its partners that develop identity management software for the Windows platform. Like BMC, Omada’s identity software requires the use of ILM, while Quest and NetPro list ILM as a platform option.
“It doesn’t do Microsoft any good when they start building software that their customers have been making a viable market around for a number of years,” said the recipient.
The recipient said that from an end-user stand point, Microsoft has not had depth or breadth or market strength in its identity infrastructure, specifically access management and provisioning, so the support from third-party partners has become vital.
BMC’s pull-out leaves holes in Microsoft’s identity platform since BMC was the only vendor providing connectors to non-Microsoft Web platforms such as BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere.
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