For those that are struggling with getting a handle on Identity Management in their enterprise, Alex Weinert, Principal Group Program Manager, Identity Management, provided me with an “Id Element” interview on the subject that may be of great help to you. Alex first provides a background on evolution of the synchronization products on the Microsoft platform and then provides an excellent whiteboard session on how Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 (formerly known as Microsoft code name ILM “2”) builds on these to provide significant new identity management capabilities. Built on the .NET 3.5 technologies, FIM’s web services, workflow and portal provide a range of extensibility opportunities from the enterprise/ISV developer to the codeless capabilities offered to the IT Pro in the portal itself. If you want to check things out for yourself, you can download FIM 2010 RC0 here. Or to read more about FIM 2010 you can start here.

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