The purchase of Sun by Oracle just a couple of days ago was a shocker to just about everyone. Sun employees were a bit shocked (according to a friend who works there) as were IBM employees who were assuming there were backroom discussions still going on between Sun and IBM.
The buyout is going to make things interesting in the Identity Management space — which means it’s going to make things interesting for me. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the product I work on is called IBM Tivoli Identity Manager and is considered one of the top 5 identity management solutions according to Burton Group. The other four major players in the space are Novell, CA, Oracle, and Sun.
The possibility of IBM buying Sun was creating mini clouds of doubt in my mind given that it was virtually impossible they would keep both ITIM and Sun’s product, one of them was getting the axe. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about that anymore.
Instead we get a nice jumble of confusion in the marketplace if Oracle’s product or Sun’s product is going to get the axe. Good news for ITIM, however you slice it.