March 12, 2008 - IBM acquired Encentuate, Inc., a privately held company based in Redwood City, CA, and a provider of identity and access management software focused on enterprise single sign-on and integration of authentication technology.


IBM will integrate Encentuate into IBM Software Group’s Tivoli division.


IBM also announced the forming of the IBM Security Software Laboratory in Singapore. Consistent with the company’s globally integrated enterprise strategy that draws on local specialists to service clients, the new lab will utilize the expertise of Encentuate’s Singapore development team to serve IBM clients in Asia and around the world.


Encentuate’s strength lies within its ability to track and facilitate identity usage while helping to increase user productivity. It can reduce the burden of remembering different passwords, rules and user IDs while helping to improve security by automatically managing user passwords, sign-ons, sign-offs and enforcing security policies. It allows IT administrators to integrate legacy and new applications to leverage the Encentuate single sign-on technology.


Additionally, by centrally tracking and collating log-in attempts, Encentuate provides companies with audit and reporting capabilities that help them document and report on their efforts to meet governance and compliance requirements. Encentuate provides application and shared workstation support for legacy, Web-based and service-oriented architecture applications across industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, finance and government.


“We are pleased to join IBM and we believe that this acquisition validates the value that our single sign-on solutions bring to the market as the need for secure identity and access management continues to grow,” said Zorawar Biri Singh, president and CEO at Encentuate. “Our customers will significantly benefit from IBM’s worldwide customer support and continued investment in integrated security software that leverages our technology.”


Encentuate technology will be offered as part of the IBM Tivoli Access Manager suite and IBM expects to integrate Encentuate with its  security management offerings.


“IBM has made a strategic decision to acquire Encentuate because customers are increasingly seeking a complete identity and access management solution with IBM quality and support,” said Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli software. “Encentuate technology advances our capabilities in enterprise single sign-on by offering customers an easy to use solution, more flexible integration with strong authentication form factors, dynamic session management and compliance-focused auditing and reporting capabilities.”

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