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Author's profile photo Matt Pollicove

Did you know?

So I’ve found out a few things recently…

As I mentioned in my SCN Status, I’m happy to say that I’ll be speaking this year at d-code in Las Vegas! If you’re planning to go, please do your best to attend ITM118 – SAP Identity Management – Experience from a Customer Implementation Project. I don’t know the exact schedule yet, but I’ll be sure to let you all know. You can find more information here.

While the title speaks about Implementation, I’ll have some good information for folks in all phases of an IDM project from a Best practices based on my 10 years expereince with IDM going back to the MaXware Identity Center.  As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same, and some things about implementing IDM haven’t changed much, if at all.

Also, did you know the name of our favorite SAP module has changed? Based on a post from Harald Nehring, we are now referred to as SAP Identity Management (SAP IDM)  I like it.  Much more compact and efficient.

So let’s see over the years it’s been:

MaXware MetaCenter (~2003)

MaXware Identity Center (~2004)

SAP NetWeaver Identity Management (2007)

SAP Identity Management (2014)

Nice to see the product is still changing and maturing. There’s some other things changing with regards to SAP IDM and I’ll be speaking more about that soon.

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      Author's profile photo Steffi Warnecke
      Steffi Warnecke

      Hello Matt,

      I really wish I could attend d-code, but all that I can do is wish you a great experience speaking there. I sure hope you don't have stage fright. *g*

      And yes, I knew about the name change. Mostly because it produced some ruckus here on SCN, when they changed the space path. 😀 In my company we never really used the "Netweaver"-part anyway. It's just known as "IDM" or some bad word, in case it's acting up again. ^^

      I hope, you will share a kind of written version of your lecture here, when you're back from d-code. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Matt Pollicove
      Matt Pollicove
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      Sorry you can't make it 🙁 Hopefully we will get you out here one year!

      I had no idea about the name change until Tammy Powlas re-tweeted my announcement that I am speaking.

      If at all possible I will share my presentation.  Most folks who follow me here or on IDM Thoughtplace will know some of the message, but I'm going to have some new information along with the insights of my co-presenter (waiting to get all the formalities done before announcing)

      I'll be blogging and tweeting from d-code as well!


      Author's profile photo Tero Virta
      Tero Virta

      Good stuff Matt! Something to look forward in the event.

      Author's profile photo Steffi Warnecke
      Steffi Warnecke

      Cool cool! ^^ Since I can't be there myself, I need all the input I can get from you guys. So keep the information coming. *g*

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      To make the history complete, it was the MDDM (MaXware Directory Data Manager) when it was initially created around 1995/1996, then DSE (Data Synchronization Engine) for a few good years before it became MetaCenter.

      Core components have been around for a good while, and you'd recognize the UI from 1996 in the MMC UI (for good and bad). It will hopefully be around for a while longer even if its creators are now leaving SAP.

      Best of luck on your presentation!



      Author's profile photo Matt Pollicove
      Matt Pollicove
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      Yeah, if that's the case we should include DSE, and maybe even DSE Lite?


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      DSE Lite was just a licensing thing right? So I didn't bother with it 🙂 And DSE was already mentioned. I think we were using "EMS" as a name for everything (DSE, MC and VDS) for a while too? You could probably get a similar history about the Virtual Directory Server from Misa, but its name stabilized much earlier.