March 12, 2008 07:00 ET
IBM Acquires Encentuate
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has acquired
Encentuate, Inc., a privately held company based in Redwood City,
California, and a leading provider of identity and access management
software focused on enterprise single sign-on and integration of strong
authentication technology. IBM will integrate Encentuate into IBM Software
Group's Tivoli division. Financial terms were not disclosed.
IBM also today announced the forming of the IBM Security Software
Laboratory in Singapore. Consistent with the company's globally integrated
enterprise strategy that draws on local, highly-skilled specialists to
service all clients, the new lab will utilize the expertise of Encentuate's
Singapore development team to better serve IBM clients in Asia and around
Identity and access management have emerged as a critical issue for
businesses, driven in large part by businesses' efforts to comply with the
growing number of worldwide regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley,
HIPAA, Basel II, Japan's Financial Instruments and Exchange Law and the
Payment Card Industry's customer identity protection requirements.
According to a February 2008 Forrester Research report, the identity and
access management opportunity will grow from $2.6 billion in 2006 to more
than $12.3 billion in 2014 (1). In this area, enterprise single sign-on
software is a business productivity tool that allows users to simplify
secure sign-on to a corporate network once and automatically handles
subsequent access to various desktop, e-mail, legacy and hosted
Encentuate's strength lies within its industry-leading ability to track and
facilitate identity usage while helping to increase user productivity. It
can reduce the burden of remembering different passwords, rules and user
IDs while helping to improve security by automatically managing user
passwords, sign-ons, sign-offs and enforcing security policies. It allows
IT administrators to quickly integrate legacy and new applications to
leverage the Encentuate single sign-on technology.
Additionally, by centrally tracking and collating log-in attempts,
Encentuate provides companies with audit and reporting capabilities that
help them document and report on their efforts to meet governance and
compliance requirements. Encentuate provides extensive application and
shared workstation support for a range of legacy, Web-based and service
oriented architecture applications across industries such as manufacturing,
healthcare, finance and government.
According to analyst firm IDC, IBM is the leading provider of identity and
access management security software based on worldwide revenue (2), and
Encentuate is a key addition to the company's portfolio. Encentuate
technology will be offered as part of the IBM Tivoli Access Manager suite
and IBM expects to integrate Encentuate with its broad set of security
management offerings such as IBM Tivoli Identity Manager, IBM Tivoli
Federated Identity Manager, IBM Tivoli Compliance Insight Manager and IBM
Tivoli Security Operations Manager.
"IBM has made a strategic decision to acquire Encentuate because customers
are increasingly seeking a complete identity and access management solution
with IBM quality and support," said Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli
software. "Encentuate technology advances our capabilities in enterprise
single sign-on by offering customers an easy to use solution, more flexible
integration with strong authentication form factors, dynamic session
management and compliance-focused auditing and reporting capabilities."
"We are pleased to join IBM, and we believe that this acquisition validates
the value that our single sign-on solutions bring to the market as the need
for secure identity and access management continues to grow," said Zorawar
Biri Singh, President and CEO at Encentuate. "Our customers will
significantly benefit from IBM's worldwide customer support and continued
investment in integrated security software that leverages our technology."
"With this acquisition and the formation of the IBM Security Software
Laboratory in Singapore, we will be able to continue to develop our vision
and make an even greater contribution to the industry," added Peng T. Ong,
Founder and Chairman of Encentuate. "At the same time, Encentuate will help
bolster IBM's ability to provide the industry's broadest security and risk
More information about IBM Tivoli and Encentuate is available at
www.ibm.com/tivoli and www.encentuate.com.
IBM and the IBM logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
International Business Machines Corporation. Encentuate is a trademark of
Encentuate. All other company and product names and service marks may be
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1) Forrester Research: Identity Management Forecast: 2007 to 2014; February
6, 2008; by Andras Cser and Jonathan Penn.
2) IDC: Worldwide Identity and Access Management 2007-2011 Forecast and
2006 Vendor Share (Doc #207609), July 2007, by Sally Hudson and John