IBM to buy Access360 identity technology

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IBM to buy Access360 identity technology

IBM plans to bolster its Tivoli portfolio of systems management software with the acquisition of identity management software developer Access360.

Access360's flagship product is enRole, enterprise software that regulates employee access rights to corporate data in accordance with role-based rules. IBM will integrate enRole into existing Tivoli products, notably Tivoli Identity Manager, according to IBM spokesman John Crowe.

While Access360 as a brand will disappear once the software integration has been completed next year, IBM plans to continue supporting current Access360 products for as long as required, Crowe said.

Three-year-old Access360, based in California, USA, has a staff of around 130, all of whom will be offered employment at IBM, Crowe said. While Access360 will be integrated into IBM's Tivoli unit, based in Austin, IBM plans to keep open Access360's headquarters. Access360 chief executive Paul Gigg is expected to join IBM as Tivoli's vice -president of security management.

The directors of privately held Access360 have already signed off the acquisition, which remains subject to regulatory approvals. IBM anticipates that the acquisition will be finalised around the beginning of October.

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