Novell Identity Management Solution Wins InfoWorldReview

Novell trumps competition and is praised for its powerful front end and superior manageability

10 October 2005

Novell today announced its market-leading Identity Management product, Novell® Identity Manager, received the highest score in a comprehensive review of major identity management solutions by InfoWorld. InfoWorld tested and compared identity management solutions from Courion, IBM*, Microsoft*, Novell, Sun* and Thor, running each of them through a series of identity management tasks based on a common business plot and simulated employee lifecycle. Novell received consistently high marks across all the scorecard criteria—management, integration, configuration, cohesion and value. According to the review, Novell Identity Manager demonstrated clear benefits including “powerful graphical workflow and front-end design tools and perhaps the most intuitive user interface in our roundup.”

“From administration to reporting, Novell Identity Manager proved to be one of the easiest-to-use solutions in the roundup,” according to the InfoWorld article. “Novell had a definite edge in the [user interface] department. In fact, we were already sufficiently impressed, and then they pulled out Designer. Designer gives the Novell solution a definite ooh-aah factor not found in any of the other products here.”

The review highlights how Novell Identity Manager and eDirectory™ tie together data from multiple systems, allowing for greater flexibility and granularity than competitive solutions. It also notes that Designer for Identity Manager, an Eclipse-based visual development tool, allows much of the configuration to be done in a simulated environment, allowing administrators to design an identity implementation blueprint and test “what-if” scenarios before deploying in production.

“Novell Identity Manager is a great example of our commitment to providing products with superior functionality and manageability,” said Bill Clark, Novell vice president of global product marketing, Security. “By delivering world class usability and cross-platform integration, Novell can help organizations secure their IT infrastructure, comply with regulatory mandates and ensure the privacy of sensitive information. We're thrilled to be recognized for our business value by InfoWorld.”

The full results are published in the Oct. 10, 2005 issue of InfoWorld. For more information about Novell Security, go to

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