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Featuring Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite

Identity and Access Governance is the fastest-growing sector of identity and access management and Gartner has recently published their second Magic Quadrant on this sector. Positioning within the Leaders Quadrant is based on an organization's ability to execute and completeness of vision. By positioning Oracle as the market leader and visionary, Gartner has acknowledged that Oracle's award-winning cost-effective identity management provides flexibility for the future.

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Base on the solid foundation built by Sun, Oracle Identity Management is a complete and integrated, next-generation identity management platform that provides breakthrough scalability; enables organizations to achieve rapid compliance with regulatory mandates; secures sensitive applications and data regardless of whether they are hosted on-premise or in a cloud; and reduces operational costs.
The Oracle Identity Analytics is a Java enterprise application capable of running on any compatible application server. It uses an SQL database as an identity warehouse. The business client interface is a Web browser. OIA's workflow is based on Oracle's Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) engine, while the reporting and analytics make use of Oracle's BI architecture. The product supports the breadth of features and technical standards for IAG, and is part of Oracle's extensive IAM product portfolio.
OIA's identity and data log model combines identity information and log data in the same repository. Oracle's Identity Connector Framework (ICF) provides the data collection. Mining and discovery tools build application entitlement catalogs and inform patterns of behavior for role and rule definition, and role management capabilities manage the role life cycles after definition.

As part of Oracle's Fusion Applications architecture road map, OIA provides the compliance management and entitlement administration required for IAG, including support for continuous audit policy monitoring and closed-loop remediation. Release 11G R2 represents an inflection point for OIA in terms of further integration with other Oracle identity management products, including Oracle Identity Manager (OIM).

Suite Highlights and Strengths

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OIA is part of a broad and comprehensive set of Oracle IAM products and services, providing advanced functionality with Oracle enterprise applications and Oracle infrastructure.
OIA's improved UI significantly reduces development time for workflow and can improve business customer user experience with IAG functions.
Oracle's pricing structure has been changed to include fixed processor-based pricing for some scenarios, addressing previous concerns regarding the pricing of those scenarios.

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Cautions

Oracle's size and partner model still favor larger enterprises with more complex and comprehensive requirements, although pricing changes are the first step in becoming more attractive to smaller enterprises.
Increasingly aggressive competitors with a similar reach and market presence offer similar functionality and competitive pricing.
The "long tail" of earlier Oracle releases will need to upgrade to v.11.1.2 to realize many of the more attractive features that enable Oracle to compete with innovative, smaller competitors.

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