Gartner released the Magic Quadrant for User Provisioning recently. The Microsoft product in this category is of course our beloved FIM 2010.
At a glance Microsoft looks to be in the wrong quadrant (yikes!) but the optimist in me sees Microsoft moving from Challengers into Leaders. My optimism is based on the following:
- FIM 2010 adds a lot of functionality to the sturdy sync engine, and this new functionality has room to improve
- Future integration with Sentillion
- Improved integration with Certificate Management (it wasn’t even mentioned)
- The increase in community participation
At TEC2010 in LA it was revealed that Microsoft re-org’d the FIM team. At TEC2010 in Germany we saw a glimpse of what is possible when FIM is combined with Microsoft System Center (System Center Identity Manager perhaps?). I mention TEC a lot here because it is a nice focused venue to get these tidbits face-to-face.
If Microsoft can nail the ‘better together’ story then I think it will hard to keep them out of the Leaders quadrant. Will it happen by next year? It’s a good question to ask at TEC 2011 in Vegas Baby!