Novell and IT services company Atos Origin are partnering to deliver new joint compliance and governance solutions.

The partnership leverages Novell's identity and security management technologies and Atos Origin's consulting, systems integration and managed operations services, letting the companies deliver end-to-end solutions that meet stringent security, governance and compliance requirements.
“Our partnership with Novell expands our leadership in the identity and security management arena and will help us better address our customers' security challenges,” says Francis Delacourt, executive vice-president of global managed operations at Atos Origin. “Novell's technology can proactively address business needs for a real-time, comprehensive compliance solution that integrates people, systems and processes.
"With our strong customer relationships worldwide, including our unique position with clients in the IT outsourcing market, Atos Origin is very well positioned to deliver mission-critical governance and compliance solutions to large customers.”
The partnership will initially focus on identity and security management and will be rolled out in major European countries.
The three areas of initial focus will be:
* Identity management and provisioning: automate and integrate employee provisioning and de-provisioning to reduce costs, meet compliance requirements and map to existing business processes.
* Access management: grant secure access to users, both inside and outside the company, from any location, integrating with existing authentication frameworks.
* Security information and event monitoring: monitor, remediate and report on security incidents on the network, meeting governance and compliance requirements.
“The importance of IT security is now top of mind for business executives as well as governments and regulators, given the public focus on major security incidents over the past year,” says analyst Eric Domage, research manager, security products and services for IDC. “Global partnerships such as the agreement announced by Novell and Atos Origin will be important in delivering efficient security solutions to IT organisations, which face increasing regulation as well as growing pressure to address business concerns.”
Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell, says: “As a leading global IT services firm, Atos Origin is a great partner for Novell for expanding our governance and compliance solutions in the market. This announcement is another important step forward in Novell's strategy of leveraging strategic partners to drive our product growth. We look forward to expanding our joint collaboration with Atos Origin over time to bring additional Linux and systems management solutions to customers.”