A while back I had commented on consolidation in the role management world. As I have said before, from product management and marketing perspectives, integrating a role management tool into an existing identity management suite is a no-brainer. This is not to say that the implementation and deployment are no-brainers as well – so don’t get too excited Greg ;) What is more interesting is where major vendors like Oracle and Sun will take enterprise roles management.
I had also mentioned that it would be great for Kevin Kampman of Burton to weigh in on the subject, and sure enough, he did. I am intrigued by his concept of “return on organization.” But to see this return it first requires identity management vendors to share this value proposition with the parts of the enterprise that really care; it forces IdM vendors to sell to “the business.” Making identity management truly relevant to the entire business has always been one of IdM’s challenges. Role management does present a new way of taking older topics to a new audience but I wonder if potential customers are ready to hear it.