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Under the agreement, Novell's LDAP-based identity management software will ship with SAP Portals Enterprise Portal to give portal users an easier way to manage user identity within the portal, according to Novell.
SAP Portals is the portal and business intelligence subsidiary of German software giant SAP.
The need for airtight security is a top concern with enterprise portal deployments right now, according to Matt Graves, solution architect at Novell.
"If you want a portal to be secure and personalised it has to be based on a directory, and that is why we've seen so much momentum with portal vendors around eDirectory," he said. "Adding user identity management capabilities to the portal lowers administration costs and strengthens security by providing identity-based access to personalized portal resources."
The Enterprise Portal-eDirectory offering integrates seamlessly with any existing corporate directory technologies via LDAP-based synchronisation, said Graves.
Eyeing the need to tightly couple identity management and related functions with other applications as well, Novell is currently evaluating other partnership deals that would tie its eDirectory, iChain, and DirXML with a variety of applications including middleware and enterprise application integration (EAI) tools.