The Buzz

FRAMINGHAM (07/24/2000) - Oblix is in the middle of a hot market, says Rick Villars, an analyst at International Data Corp. in Framingham, Mass. The problem of centralized, secure user-profile management is more complex when external parties need access to corporate resources. This is happening more as corporations join trading communities - one of the most active spaces in the business-to-business e-commerce arena. Oblix takes a more outward approach than its competitors, which use the more traditional internal system-administration package, says Villars. He likens Oblix to a customer relationship management or partner relationship management package, but with more limitations.

Business Layers

Rochelle Park, N.J.

Business Layers' first product, eProvisionware Employees, is the user management piece that sets up new profiles for internal users, including names, passwords and access to network applications. The company has provided hooks into popular business applications so that eProvisionware can handle those sign-ons. It's based on Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), which enables it to support the directory services used by network operating systems from Microsoft Corp.'s Active Directory, Novell Inc.'s Novell Directory Services and IBM's SecureWay.

Netegrity Inc.

Waltham, Mass.

Netegrity stresses the ability of SiteMinder to be a gatekeeper for Web-based applications. As such, it can be integrated into a custom Common Gateway Interface-based application and work with the major Web servers and application servers, as well as leading network and database directory services. Like Oblix's product, SiteMinder's distributed architecture allows management duties to be delegated to multiple administrators, with certain restrictions.

Securant Technologies Inc.

San Francisco

ClearTrust is another single sign-on access control product. It emphasizes security, but with intrusion monitoring and automated response on top of policy management, authentication and distributed administration capabilities. It also supports LDAP and application server and Web server environments of the Internet.

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