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HP has made good on at least one of its recent acquisitions, rolling out a new identity management software packaged based on purchased technology.

The new HP OpenView Select Identity software is a retooled version of the code HP acquired in its March acquisition of TruLogica. The identity product lets administrators automate some functions associated with setting up end-user permissions. HP plans to include the Select Identity packaged with its OpenView Select Access product.

"Security management used to be about keeping people out. Today, it's about letting the right people in, and having a strong, adaptive system in place to manage who can go where once they're inside," said Tony Redmond, CTO of HP Services.

HP has been busy trying to roll software from various acquired companies - TruLogica, Talking Blocks, Novadigm and Consera - into OpenView packages. The pace at which HP can pull this off is key as the company tries to bring its software business back to profitability. HP's CEO Carly Fiorina recently warned that the acquisitions along with research and development costs make it unlikely that HP's software biz will post a profit before mid-2005. And the OpenView code is the brightest, revenue-producing spot in HP's software line.

With OpenView Select Identity, HP goes head-to-head against Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and others in the identity management market. The software is generally used to reduce the number of passwords a user must keep track of and to cut down on costs associated with password retrieval. The identity applications also give administrators a broader set of tools for setting up policies than can govern what types of software and hardware users can touch. By going with the larger HP OpenView Select Access package, customers receive an even more sophisticated set of tools, HP said. ®

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