The acquisition of OpenNetwork, a provider of web access management, web single sign-on and federated identity management solutions will strengthen BMC's position as a provider of a complete identity access management (IAM) suite, analyst Gartner has predicted.
This is because BMC will now provide the two main engines - user provisioning and extranet access management - needed for a full IAM suite.
The company will also be better positioned to provide strong support for Microsoft Identity Integration Server and other Microsoft platforms, which are a growing part of many enterprises' IT infrastructures.
Gartner said BMC customers seeking IAM suites should consider the BMC/OpenNetwork offering, especially for Microsoft-centric systems.
They should also use their established relationship with BMC to receive good pricing and influence the long-term direction of the integrated suite, said Gartner, and review BMC's IAM integration roadmap to ensure it could deliver an integrated solution that met their project timelines.
But Gartner advised non-BMC IAM enterprises already in the IAM product selection phase not to put their purchasing plans on hold.
Gartner said consolidation in the IAM market would continue. Oracle has already announced its acquisition of Oblix identity management software, which allows web management, web access control including single-sign on, identity administration and user provisioning.
Gartner said other "pure-play" suppliers such as Courion, Entrust, M-Tech Information Technology and Thor Technologies were likely acquisition targets.