Monday, April 07, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Well, that might be too strong, but another veteran independent Identity vendor has been acquired. M-Tech announced today that Hitachi had acquired a majority interest in the Calgary, Alberta firm.

M-Tech owns a large segment of the provisioning business in Canada, especially government (federal and provincial) provisioning. But beyond provisioning, M-Tech (now officially called Hitachi-ID) offered the full panoply of the Identity suite - password management, authentication and authorization, role management, audit and entitlement, etc. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes Hitachi to digest the acquisition (I don't think it will be very long) as well as how this will change the playing field (especially in Asia) for Sun, IBM and the others in this space. It could get very interesting.

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