As I write this I am getting ready to pack up and leave beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada and TechEd 2013. I had a chance to meet some great people face to face like Tero Virta and Arndt Spitzer, meet up with some old friends like Jared Kobe and Courtney Mead and also learn from some great SAP people Kare Indroy, Roy Tronstad, Jannis Rondorf, and Kristian Lehment some who gave some fantastic presentations on IDM. We saw a lot of new functionality coming down the road and the future of IDM is looking pretty bright!
Following Mark Finnern‘s mandate to share what we’ve learned here at TechEd, I’d like to give you some of my impressions.
I think that there were two primary focuses regarding SAP in general and IDM in particular were HANA and UI5/Mobile.
HANA is something new to the IDM arena and while it’s going to start slow, expect it to pick up speed quickly.in the next couple of years is inevitable. While right now we are pretty much limited to provisioning and de-proivisioning users. In coming service packs, expect the ability to modify users, increase integration and eventually it looks like the end goal is to run IDM on HANA. It’s going to take some time, but we’ll get there.
The other big thing is definitely UI5 and all the ways you can use it. Extending IDM through the use of UI5 and RESTful technologies is clearly the future. I saw at least two different approaches on bringing IDM to mobile through apps and HTML. I see some exciting things ahead.
So a lot of what I saw was about IDM’s future and it’s more than just HANA and Mobile. Part of moving ahead is leaving things behind and this will be happening to IDM as well. But I think it’s something we IDM professionals can live with.
The End of the MMC Console!
It’s going to be a long process, but what I saw in a couple of presentations tells me that in over the next couple of Service Packs. From what I saw and got to work with in a hands-on session we’re going to see some new and interesting ways of working with IDM. As it gets closer and more screenshots / documentation becomes available, I’ll be posting more. What we do know now is that it is Eclipse based, will run on Windows and pretty much any UNIX/LINUX and will feature a very neat graphical workflow design tool. We’ll also see more management content move from the admin console to the Web UI.
If you have the chance to attend TechEd in your particular corner of the World, I strongly suggest you attend so you can meet up, see, and more importantly use all this cool new stuff!
To quote the old 80’s song, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!”