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Oracle snaps up another company

30th Mar 2005
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Acquisition hungry Oracle has snapped up yet another firm in the shape of Oblix, adding new single sign-on software to to offer secure Web services.

Oblix technology also provides Oracle with a strong entry into the broad identity management software market. Oracle has made ID management software for its own products, but could not share identity in applications from other companies.

The Oblix identity management software, which is called CoreId, is available from Oracle as part of its application server line. The company will also seek to extend partnerships with systems integrators and value-added resellers to sell the Oblix software as part of custom applications.

Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of Oracle server technologies, said Oracle plans to create a specialised sales force to sell identity management software based on Oblix' sales expertise. Oracle will use Oblix technology to to enable secure single sign-on access among its newly acquired PeopleSoft applications for human resources, Kurian said.

Kurian said that the identity management product will be a "first step" toward Oracle's Fusion project to create a common packaged application product line. Oblix's identity management tools will let customers use a single password to log on to Oracle's eBusiness suite of applications as well as the PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications.

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