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Abridean and Radiant Logic Form Partnership; Combined Offering Delivers Open Identity Administration and Provisioning for Complex Heterogeneous Environments.

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RSA Conference 2004

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 2004

Abridean Inc., leaders in the development of user management and provisioning solutions, and Radiant Logic Inc., a leading provider and innovator of virtual directory solutions, today announced a partnership to deliver interoperable solutions based on Radiant Logic's RadiantOne Virtual Directory Server and Abridean's Provisor user management and provisioning suite.

The security demands of customer-facing applications, increased security threats on existing systems, new regulatory compliance demands, and skyrocketing administration costs are driving organizations to deploy identity management infrastructures that provide a unified view of user profiles and automate the management of user accounts and entitlements. These projects are often hindered by the extent of integration work across multiple corporate identity sources, the complexity of user profiles, the difficulty deploying new applications without making proliferation worse, and the inability to define and enforce centrally-managed policies across a diverse identity population.

This joint solution delivers an open identity management infrastructure by:

-- Utilizing virtualization technology to unify identity data

from multiple corporate directories, databases and

applications without requiring the creation of new

directories.

-- Making the unified user profile information available to any

new or existing application using standards-based interfaces

such as LDAP v3, HTTP/SOAP and DSML.

-- Providing a centralized set of user management policies that

govern access to resources.

-- Supporting automated, delegated, and self-service

administration of user profiles, passwords, and entitlements,

regardless of the complexity of the identity resources.

-- Providing continuous monitoring of a corporate identity

infrastructure to discover security changes, validate changes

against predefined policies, flag issues for administrator

follow up, and perform bi-directional directory

synchronization.

"Virtual directory technology is a key enabler of a federated identity infrastructure because of its ability to simplify complex directory environments," said Mike Neuenschwander, senior analyst at Burton Group. "User management and provisioning solutions require organizations to gain control of identity information in disparate directories. This partnership is intriguing because it brings together technologies from vendors focused on delivering best-of-breed solutions for their part of the equation."

Organizations deploying the combined RadiantOne/Provisor solution can:

-- Improve the quality and accessibility of existing identity

profile information.

-- Speed deployment of new applications that require unified

identity information.

-- Improve network and application security by automating the

user management process and enforcing security policies.

-- Reducing administrative costs by reducing repetitive, time

consuming user account maintenance functions and deploying end

user self-service.

"Our customers have seen tremendous value deploying open standards-based directory virtualization technology. It simplifies complex identity environments and speeds the deployment of new applications," said Dieter Schuller, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Radiant Logic. "This partnership allows our customers to improve security and reduce administration costs by deploying flexible identity administration and automated user management built on an open, unified, identity platform."

"Automated user management and provisioning is a critical component of a secure identity management infrastructure, but solution deployment is often slowed by complex directory environments that require an organization to perform substantial cleanup and account synchronization," said Jeffrey Schultz, SVP of sales and marketing at Abridean. "Our partnership with Radiant Logic enables our customers to get past that hurdle quickly without requiring the creation of any new directories. And, unlike other solutions that rely on a proprietary or a single directory for the user management and provisioning system, this approach allows other applications and systems to reap the benefits of a unified, open, view of all user identities regardless of how many directories actually contain profile information."

Availability

RadiantOne and Provisor are both open standards-based products that can interoperate using SPML, XML, and LDAP and can be deployed in an interoperable way immediately. For further information and to schedule a consultation, please visit either www.abridean.com or www.radiantlogic.com.

About Radiant Logic Inc.

Radiant Logic, Inc. is the leading provider of directory and application integration (DAI) software for the agile enterprise. RadiantOne Virtual Directory Server is being utilized by Fortune 500 corporations to provide virtual LDAP access to any applications and data sources for authentication, authorization, profile and personalization data for security, provisioning, portals, and application integration projects.

Radiant Logic's virtual directory solutions have been used to solve tough integration problems at companies around the world. Top companies such as Freddie Mac, Daimler Chrysler, Cummings and Copeland have signed on to use RadiantOne solution to speed deployment, solve integration challenges and cut costs for identity management projects. Partnerships with identity management software vendors and professional services organizations demonstrate the broad impact of virtual directory technology on the market.

In recent months, Radiant Logic added strategic partnerships with leading identity management companies such as RSA, HP, BMC, BEA and Netegrity. Radiant Logic is based in Novato, CA. RadiantONE(TM) is a trademark of Radiant Logic, Inc. For more information, visit www.radiantlogic.com.

About Abridean Inc.

Abridean provides user management and provisioning software for Global 2000 and mid-market enterprises, as well as service providers that host enterprise software.

As a key component of a security and identity management infrastructure, Abridean's products enable organizations to define security and application policies for different users and roles, and then apply those policies as user accounts are created and maintained. By enabling automated, delegated, and self-service administration of the account lifecycle, Provisor eliminates time-consuming and error-prone manual processes, dramatically improving security, assuring regulatory compliance, and reducing ongoing IT costs.

Named as one of the world's Top 30 Enablers by ASPNews, Abridean is a key Microsoft partner whose customers include Sprint, USA.NET, COLT Telecom, AT&T Canada. For more information, visit www.abridean.com or call 1-877-520-4277.
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