Users implementing identity management projects have been forced to deal with multiple suppliers and products with overlapping functionality to meet their security requirements.
But some security technology vendors have begun to position themselves as single-source suppliers of identity management products.
Netegrity's recent purchase of Business Layers is the latest example. Under the deal struck between the two companies last month, Netegrity will pay approximately $42.5m to purchase Business Layers.
Netegrity's acquisition will give users a single source for web access management and user provisioning software, said Giuseppe Cimmino, director of corporate technology at Netegrity user Discovery Communications. The purchase will allow for tighter integration between automated identity administration and user access functions, Cimmino said.
Netegrity's purchase follows a similar move in November by Sun Microsystems to acquire identity management vendor Waveset Technologies. Last month, Oracle said it was partnering with several identity management vendors to allow users to tie Oracle applications into heterogeneous, companywide single sign-on and application provisioning infrastructures more easily.
The moves are part of a growing trend by suppliers to offer users more integrated products for managing identities and application access, said Forrester Research analyst Jonathan Penn.
"Organisations are looking at identity management as a single platform rather than as a collection of point products," Penn said, adding that users can expect to see more companies attempt to transform themselves into single-source identity management suppliers through acquisitions and partnerships.
Jaikumar Vijayan writes for Computerworld