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On September 5th, 2007, Oracle announced it has acquired Bridgestream, Inc., a leading provider of Enterprise Role Management software. The combination of Bridgestream and Oracle Identity Management is expected to deliver a complete integrated solution to help customers streamline compliance-related tasks and enable effective business process automation.
Increased focus on meeting compliance regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA has created a need for organizations to strictly control access to sensitive systems and monitor access privileges regularly. However, managing and monitoring who has access to what on an individual user and resource basis can be costly and time consuming for large organizations. At the same time, manual role definition and organizational hierarchy management is complex and error prone.
Bridgestream's SmartRoles and Discoverer products, used by diverse Fortune 500 organizations, address these issues by enabling role-based access control. With this control, privileges are grouped by business roles and context within the organization, providing an efficient means to manage security policies, improve compliance and ensure accurate user privileges. Enterprises use these products for analyzing existing access rights to define candidate roles, administering roles across the entire user population and enforcing segregation of duties during role assignment.
This transaction is expected to combine Bridgestream's advanced role discovery and modeling capabilities with Oracle Identity Management's access provisioning and enforcement. The combination is expected to enable integration between security and business process controls by delivering a closed-loop solution that combines role discovery, modeling, enforcement, attestation and audit in a single integrated solution.
With the addition of Bridgestream's industry-leading role management technology into the Oracle identity management footprint, partners will be able to work with a single vendor—with worldwide resources—to address customer needs for comprehensive user provisioning and identity management solutions. The combination of these two companies will help ensure support for your customers' investments, continuity of service and accelerated innovation.
Doug Kennedy Senior Vice President Oracle Worldwide Alliances and Channels
The above is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into a contract. As part of the acquisition of Bridgestream, Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Bridgestream product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle's standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle's review of Bridgestream's product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle.