OptimalIdM just announced their latest offering, the Virtual Identity Server for Enterprise Group Management. This product solves a very specific pain point for many enterprises: synchronizing user membership in AD groups based on external identity information. Their product integrates with Microsoft ILM and is also available as stand-alone service.
I am going let my inner comic book geek out for a moment. In both DC and Marvel Comics there was an archer super hero (Green Arrow and Hawkeye respectively). These heroes not only had the ability to hit any target with unerring accuracy, they also had a quiver of specialty arrows that met specific needs. Arrows that delivered an electric shock, spread entangling nets, exploded, whatever was needed.
OptimalIdM seems to be turning into the Green Arrow/Hawkeye of IdM Vendors. In addition to their Virtual Directory, they have been busy rolling out a cool quiver of point solution arrows. You need AD group membership management, they have an arrow for that. You need to deploy SharePoint across multiple siloed forests, they have an arrow for that. Need to deploy an application that requires AD schema extensions your AD group won’t put in, they have an arrow for that too.
Afterall, who really needs the Hulk when a less destructive solution is at hand.
[Full Disclosure – the founders of OptimalIdM are former coworkers of mine at OpenNetwork Technologies.]