InfoWorld (re: Business Layers), February 11, 2003
Business Layers, Netegrity spur SPML

SPML demo targeted for RSA conference

In an effort to allow disparate provisioning systems to integrate and communicate with each other through an XML interface as service-oriented architectures become more prevalent, Business Layers and Netegrity on Tuesday announced the creation of an identity management solution to support the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) standard.

SPML is designed to offer organizations a common XML-based framework to exchange encrypted and authenticated requests and information between "Provisioning Service Points" of access areas such as corporate systems and data.

Coincidentally, the OASIS Provisioning Services Technical Committee, the standards body group responsible for defining SPML, is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to finalize the standard, sources say.
Netegrity, based in Waltham, Mass. , and Business Layers, based in Rochelle Park, N.J., plan to offer a working demonstration of their jointly developed technology at the RSA Security Conference running April 13-17 in San Francisco .

At the security event, Netegrity will supply the identity management muscle behind the SPML server while Business Layer will be tasked to provision multiple systems and OS by implementing SPML.
"One of the potential impediments of adopting provisioning systems is the reluctance of customers that they may get locked into [a singular user provisioning tool], or the next generation of products may not get supported," said David Lavenda, vice president of marketing and product strategies for Business Layers. "Our motivation is to standardize how we interact with systems around us."

Lavendasaid that OASIS has not endorsed Netegrity's and Business Layer's planned product support of SPML.

Brian Fonseca is a staff writer at InfoWorld.

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