Microsoft has acquired certain assets of BHOLD, a leading provider of identity and access governance functionality. BHOLD will continue as an independent entity. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Roadmap and licensing will be announced later.Both Ian Glazer (Gartner) and Martin Kuppinger (Kuppinger Cole) blogged about the acquisition today. I’m the parrot and here’s what I saw after reading the announcement:
- It was an acquisition of “certain assets” of BHOLD. So basically the IP (software) got bought leaving behind debts and various other obligations.
- The “certain assets” apparently didn’t include the customers: “Current BHOLD customers’ support experience for their current products will remain the responsibility of BHOLD.”
- As Ian Glazer says: “Voelker was acquired by Quest. BHOLD is now Microsoft. This leaves Omada standing alone.” The guys at Omada have big egos so I hope this is a wake up call for them. I think you’re FIM-software days might be numbered.
- Ian further says: “This is a sensible deal for Microsoft. Forefront Identity Manager lacks IAG capabilities and an acquisition strategy makes perfect sense.” I agree. It is a sensible deal. But Ian asks the excellent question of how and when the BHOLD goo will show up in FIM. Integrated? Stand-alone? No one knows at the moment but we’ll probably hear something from Microsoft on this topic soon.
- Ian also said: “Catch that last bit? Authorization management. BHOLD had some interesting ways of behaving like a PDP for SharePoint.” I actually think this bit might be more important to FIM’s long-term cloud management aspirations. Again, we’ll probably hear something from Microsoft on this topic soon.