Oracle Identity Management 11g
Oracle Identity Management 11g provides a unified, integrated security platform designed to manage user identities, roles and entitlements; provision resources to users; secure access to corporate applications and assets; and support extensive audits across enterprise applications. Some of the key capabilities in Oracle Identity Management include identity and role administration; authentication; trust management and access control; directory services; and enterprise audit and compliance.
Senior Director, Product Management, Identity Management and Security Products
Location: Redwood City, California
Product: Oracle Identity Management 11g
Q: Why is Oracle Identity Management 11g innovative?
A: Oracle Identity Management 11g is innovative across multiple dimensions. While contemporary suites focus on some of the more traditional functional areas such as user provisioning or single sign-on, the Oracle offering has driven innovation by extending the core identity management platform into areas such as fine-grained entitlements and platform security, fraud prevention and risk-based access control, and a new exciting set of capabilities called identity analytics.
Q: What makes it unique?
A: While there are multiple feature-level differentiators across the suite, there are three primary design principles that set Oracle Identity Management 11g apart from other players in the industry. The first is the principle of service-oriented security. With service-oriented security, a set of standards-based externalized security services are made available to support the entire application lifecycle, originating from the development environment at design time, all the way to the enterprise infrastructure into which the application is deployed at run-time. The next differentiator comes in the form of suite-wide integration and standardization. This means a shared, common infrastructure for core services such as installation and patch management, encryption, workflow, meta-data management and audit are provided to all product components. These shared services are leveraged while the suite components are deployed either individually or as integrated services. Integration is offered both between suite components, and across the rest of Oracle Fusion Middleware and enterprise applications. Hot pluggability is the third principle that is a core strategy for Oracle Identity Management 11g. This involves a tremendous investment in open standards to achieve interoperability within multi-vendor development and run-time environments, including operating systems, Web servers, application server containers, and database systems.
Q: How do you define innovation?
A: The ability to understand barriers to acceptance, and the systematic ability to extend into new markets, potentially creating new business models, is a key element of an innovative person or group of people. There's a fine line between being inventive and innovative; the former is about delivering new products and capabilities, and the latter is about building new capabilities as well as extending existing capabilities into new dimensions while continuing to drive superior client value.
Q: How do you think Oracle's innovative culture benefits our customers?
A: Oracle's culture combines the stability of a large enterprise with the agility of a happening start-up. Some of our recent acquisitions have brought technology tools that excite our engineers and inspire them to innovate further. Innovative thinking and ideas are encouraged, and the best and most practical of these make it into our products, thereby allowing our customers the ability to uptake these new features from a tried and tested platform. Lastly, we also follow a thorough closed-loop process that takes in feedback both from customers and partners. This allows us to understand what's important to them, and factor that into our development process.
Q: What innovative technology are you excited about right now?
A: I am particularly excited about a new offering that we recently announced called Oracle Identity Analytics. This application offers a series of enterprise dashboards and reports, in a business-intelligent view, running on the concept of what we call an "identity warehouse." This identity warehouse holds sensitive information about identities, including roles, entitlements, access policies, and activity data. The BI dashboards deliver enterprise-critical metrics and alerts that allow companies to achieve their overall compliance goals, while minimizing the impact of fraudulent activities through ongoing risk analysis.
Q: What's the most innovative product—not Oracle's—that you know of?
A: The micro-credit program structure that allows impoverished individuals in developing countries access to very small loans without collateral has been an example of innovation at its best. The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh offers these microloans based on the principle of group-based credit. This system utilizes peer pressure within the group to ensure borrowers conduct their financial affairs with strict discipline. It ensures eventual repayment and allows the borrowers to develop good credit standing. Another distinctive feature of the microfinance program is that a major constituent of its clientele are women, a noteworthy achievement in the developing world. Professor Muhammad Yunus, a Fulbright scholar at Vanderbilt University, and the founder of this program, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2006 for this program.