Workgroup's dedicated Sun division, Horizon, has announced the local availability of Sun's next-generation identity manager software, Identity Manager 8.0, which promises to bring new efficiencies to user provisioning, identity auditing and access certification processes.

With numerous product enhancements and new functionality, such as data export and attestation capabilities, Sun Identity Manager 8.0 provides role-based user provisioning, enabling customers to use business roles for both identity lifecycle management and identity auditing across enterprise and extranet environments, says Bradley McCulloch, Sun product manager at Horizon.
"The solution offers deep integration with Sun Role Manager to help enterprises with their attestation and identity audit needs," he says. "In addition, major updates in operational reporting allow customers to analyse their entitlement data, which can help them gain better control of their provisioning and auditing processes, make compliance a sustainable part of their business and reduce costs."
With Sun Identity Manager 8.0, customers have new options to expand their services via the Internet and address government regulations (such as SOX, HIPPA and Basel II) in a consistent, automated and cost-effective way, while also increasing productivity and reducing security risks.
New features of Sun Identity Manager 8.0 include:
* Data Export: Export identity data and events to external data warehouses and business intelligence tools for further analysis.
* Comprehensive Attestation: Integrate with Sun Role Manager to create an end-to-end solution for certifying access and automatically remediating exceptions.
* Better Integration of Business Roles: Integrate with Sun Role Manager to enable importing of predefined business roles and automate provisioning and auditing at the business role level.
A key component of Sun's solution for access compliance, says McCulloch, Identity Manager 8.0 is available as a stand-alone product or with the Sun Java Identity Management Suite, which includes Role Manager, Sun Java System Access Manager, Sun Java System Federation Manager, and Sun Java System Directory Server.