Sun IDM officially dead
I just read Jackson Shaw’s post responding to Oracle’s announcement about what they intend to do with the various Sun identity and access management products.
Quite funny – and I concur. Having looked at both the Sun and Oracle identity manager products in the past, it was pretty evident that Oracle would have to go this way — Sun’s IDM product is really awful and I couldn’t see Oracle investing in two products, when one of them is this much trouble to support.
The real question now is what will all those customers do? Sun was very good at selling their user provisioning product to hundreds of unsuspecting customers, who each spent millions of dollars trying to get it to do something useful. Those guys are all in various stages of production deployment and certainly need support.
So: I think Sun customers will be happy that their slow, buggy user provisioning system will be replaced by something better, but distressed at the prospect of having to redo huge, expensive deployments. I’m fairly sure that not much of the work that they have invested in policy definition, workflow processes, etc. will be salvageable — we’re talking rewrite here, folks.
Which means that many IDM customers may go shopping soon. Oracle will likely give them a free-upgrade path (i.e., you get the replacement software for no cost), but the services engagements will be huge. More costly than the software license fees being saved, for sure.
While this is bad for those customers, it’s also an opportunity in the marketplace to replace first-generation, unstable, non-scalable software with something better.
Does anyone else see it this way?