Blog posts by Martin Kuppinger

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Informatica is Moving Data Management to the Cloud

Introducing Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC) as a Comprehensive, Cloud-Native, and Cloud-First Approach to Data Management Data is the new gold, the new oil, or whatever. In the cloud, you only own the data, but not the applications, systems, or networks anymore. Data is essential for Digital Transformation. There is so much data that is sprawling that it is hard to keep control of it. And, within the SaaS and PaaS tenants, data is what belongs to the tenant. Many organizations fail in managing this data sprawl and implement appropriate Data Governance. Data Is Ubiquitous:...

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Managing Access to Your Business Applications: Breadth vs. Depth

I’ve been in IT long enough to remember when business applications were home-grown and written in COBOL. In the early stages of my career, I even gave computer classes on the standard algorithms for good COBOL programming, such as sorting and grouping. In the more than three decades since, I’ve seen SAP R/3 being discussed as the revolutionary approach for business applications, moving these from mainframes into client/server models. I’ve seen the emergence of the first SaaS applications, with some such as Salesforce or Ariba still being around. I’ve seen the...

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SailPoint to Strengthen Their SAP Access Control and SoD Control Capabilities by Acquiring ERP Maestro

This week, SailPoint announced their intent to acquire ERP Maestro , a SaaS-based solution for monitoring SoD controls and manage access controls in business applications such as SAP. This announcement fits well into the SailPoint strategy of expanding their core offerings IdentityIQ and IdentityNow with additional SaaS services, such as AI-based identity analytics and, now, capabilities for in-depth management and control of access in business applications. Acquisition will help SailPoint in further expanding their offerings for business applications This acquisition also fits...

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Centrify & Thycotic: Will 1+1 be 2? Or less? Or more?

TPG Capital acquiring Thycotic in addition to Centrify, but leaving many questions unanswered Mergers and acquisitions are not uncommon in the tech industry, specifically in software. Even in the specialized area of Privileged Access Management (PAM), currently a $1.4bn market according to the KuppingerCole market sizing data, there have been several acquisitions in recent years. Despite its relatively small size, competition within the PAM market is fierce and it attracts startups and investors who realize that PAM has performed a growth spurt in the last years. This was due to both...

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The Next Level of Zero Trust: Software Security and Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management

The recent SolarWinds incident has shed a light on an area of cybersecurity that is not frequently in focus. Better said, it is “again has shed a light”, if we remember the Heartbleed incident that happened back in 2014. Back then, my colleague Alexei Balaganski wrote in a blog post that “software developers (both commercial and OSS) […] should not rely blindly on third-party libraries, but treat them as a part of critical infrastructure”. What we need is a defined approach and consequent enforcement of what, in a slightly awkward manner, is called...

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Getting a Grip on Your Big Data – Informatica Announces Acquisition of Compact Solutions

Informatica just announced that they agreed to acquire Compact Solutions, a vendor of Enterprise Metadata Management with engineering and professional services being based out of Krakow, Poland. Compact Solutions core product is MetaDex, which enables full end-to-end visibility of data flows, especially around some complex data sources, and thus helps organizations in understanding, tracking, managing, and protecting data flows and increasing efficiency in their broader data and analytics landscape as well as making more efficient use of their data. Metadata Management: Knowing your...

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Microsoft Adding New Capabilities to Azure Active Directory

Over the past years, Microsoft has spent significant effort to make Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) the central platform for identities in Microsoft environments and beyond. Microsoft now announced several new capabilities that help to support further use cases. New features in Azure AD One of these is the support for FIDO2 security key sign in for hybrid environments, consisting of both Azure AD and on-premises Active Directory. FIDO2 as a standard allows using a variety of authenticators, including biometric authentication, with various applications. This extension allows for...


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