David Keene, SAP’s chief technical officer, said the new suite will be announced shortly. It is being tested by clients in the airline and manufacturing industries and by the public sector.
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Keene said SAP’s move into the identity management market is driven by clients who are feeling pressure from regulatory authorities to tighten what he called their GRC (governance, risk and compliance) performance.
The suite allows customers to authenticate users, permit them secure access to information assets more easily, and to monitor their activities in the underlying applications. The suite will be available as a separate product as well as part of SAP’s ERP and SOA offerings.
The suite is the result of SAP’s recent purchase of Maxware and Outlooksoft. Keene said the Maxware elements use identity-related information such as name and permissions from existing underlying SAP and non-SAP applications such as sales-order entry or purchasing so that the company can apply it quickly and easily to other applications.
The Outlook Soft programs allow the company to monitor the users’ activity on the underlying systems.
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