Friday, July 30, 2010

CA takes cloud to new levels of fluffiness!

This caught my eye today: CA announced that they are executing on their cloud strategy with IAM to and from the cloud. So I decided to look through their press release and associated white papers and was both underwhelmed and amazed with the new height of cloud fluffiness that has been achieved. I would like to award their public relations team and external PR agency medals and trophies on the great, fluffy job they did. Was it done because you had to announce something at the Catalyst conference?
Today’s announcement includes the availability of new CA Identity Manager capabilities that extend identity management to cloud applications; it highlights how a customer has leveraged the CA SiteMinder portfolio to control access to its SaaS applications; and it features how CA Technologies is providing IAM as a service from the cloud.
What are these new capabilities I asked? I started trolling around the website and looking at various documents searching on the word “cloud”. What I came up with was that CA supports provisioning connectors to Salesforce.com. You can watch a demo of this incredible fluffiness here: http://www.ca.com/media/datacenter-of-the-future/secure1.swf

So, CA can provision to Salesforce.com. Congratulations guys! Job well done!! Is there any value add above provisioning and de-provisioning? Something that would actually be more than just adding or deleting users? Anything? Anything?

With a flashback to the famous “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off I recorded this…


2 comments:

Sam Johnston said...

This assumes you accept the premise that Salesforce.com is even cloud and not a plain old web app...

Matthew said...

Thanks for taking notice. There is more in what we’re doing with IAM and cloud than what you cite. We’ve had a few blogs on it – here is the latest. http://bit.ly/dbx6sp