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BMC adds to ID management tools

The software maker says it will extend its identity management applications, used to administer employee accounts and passwords on internal networks.

BMC Software plans to extend its identity management software with better management tools.

BMC on Thursday said that it will incorporate technology developed by Business Layers, a Rochelle Park, N.J.-based company, into its existing Control-SA identity management software. Business Layers specializes in provisioning software, which is used to manage user accounts on computer networks.

The new product, to be called Control-SA/eProvision, will allow businesses to both assign and manage user access to their networks.

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Identity management software has become more popular among large companies because it allows new employees to be set up with network resources in minutes, rather than days, while requiring them to have only a single password for access to servers, printers and other proprietary equipment. Because of significant savings in time and money, manufacturers say, identity management systems can pay for themselves in a year.

Besides BMC, which specializes in enterprise management software, companies including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems are expanding their efforts to develop identity management products.

Sun on Tuesday said that it had acquired Waveset Technologies, a maker of security software, in an all-cash transaction. The company plans to use Waveset's technology to expand its systems' security capabilities and manage identity information across a number of devices, including radio frequency identity (RFID) tags.

In addition, a number of smaller companies such as Oblix, Blockade Systems, Netegrity and Critical Path offer identity management software.

Research firm IDC predicts that sales of identity management systems will grow to $4.6 billion in 2007, nearly doubling the $2.4 billion in revenue they generated last year.

BMC said its new software will allow companies to better register and manage user accounts and passwords, and to audit compliance with internal security regulations.

The new software will be available by year's end, with prices starting at $78,000 for 1,000 users.

News.com's Rob Lemos contributed to this report.