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Demonstration of SPML at RSA Conference

Business Layers and Netegrity Partner on Industry's First Demonstration of SPML at RSA Conference

Vendors Present First XML Specification to Leverage Web Services for Secure Federated Resource Allocation

San Francisco, California, USA. April 14, 2003.

Business Layers, the eProvisioning Company and Netegrity, Inc., a leading provider of identity and access management solutions, will today demonstrate the industry's first XML-based solution for identity management at the RSA User Conference in San Francisco, Calif. As a pioneer of industry standards, Business Layers is responsible for submitting the original provisioning specification to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information (OASIS). Business Layers and Netegrity are committed to driving the development of SPML to provide the enterprise with the first XML specification designed to leverage the reuse of Web services to achieve secure, federated user resource allocation to maximize existing IT resources, reduce administrative costs and enhance security.

Business Layers and Netegrity will demonstrate the industry's first identity management solution using the current SPML specification, with Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML), which will allow companies to securely leverage Web services to automate, centralize and manage the process of provisioning user access to internal and external corporate systems and data. Led by Business Layers' Gavenraj Sodhi and Netegrity's Amit Jasuja, the presentation will illustrate how SPML allows for businesses, via a common language, to more securely manage the identity lifecycle of a user including the dynamic allocation of their associated resources, across a trusted boundary.

"One of the biggest obstacles impeding the rapid adoption of Web services technologies is the enterprise's concern about the security holes that exist when sharing sensitive information in an open IT environment," said Pete Lindstrom, Research Director of Spire Security. "Business Layers and Netegrity are addressing this issue head-on with an interoperable SPML/SAML environment, offering users an open standard in which businesses can leverage Web services to achieve secure, federated resource provisioning with their trusted business partners."

Today's SPML demonstration will address the challenges associated with complex resource provisioning for inter-organizational business transactions. As businesses move towards service-oriented architectures, internal and external users require secure access to applications and corporate systems that often contain sensitive data. To illustrate SPML in this setting, Netegrity and Business Layers will provide real-world examples of Web services-enabled identity management and provisioning scenarios.

For example, a large manufacturing company may work with several suppliers and business partners to provide a complete set of product lines. To help ensure that its supply chain is managed most effectively, the manufacturer must grant each set of users -employees, customers and partners- the appropriate access to information and applications. Using SPML, the manufacturer is able to automatically register, authenticate, and accommodate the provisioned information requests in a secure environment to protect each of these business relationships. This standards-based offering utilizes the SPML specification in conjunction with Web services technologies to create a secure, dynamic workflow.

"Netegrity has consistently been at the forefront of security standards, helping to drive initiatives such as SAML, providing expertise to Liberty, and now with SPML," said Amit Jasuja, Vice President of Product Management at Netegrity. "SPML enables companies to more efficiently and securely automate the provisioning of IT systems and interoperate with disparate provisioning installations across multiple departments and organizations. In conjunction with other standards, such as SAML, companies now have a standard approach to enabling secure, federated identity management."

"Business Layers has shown a continuous commitment to standards, including Web services and XML, and our development of SPML, the software industry's first provisioning specification. The fusion of provisioning and Web services standards create practical technology applications for business purposes that promote and foster interoperability," said Gavenraj Sodhi, Senior Technology Analyst for Business Layers. "Business Layers has a long history with XML, with the introduction of SPML into the enterprise, it is now our mission to drive the development of secure provisioning and identity management solutions that leverage Web services for the benefit of the entire software industry."

The Services Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) is being defined by the OASIS Provisioning Services Technical Committee (PSTC). For more information about SPML, see

Media and Analysts at RSA

Press and analysts attending the RSA Conference are invited to join Business Layers and Netegrity for the industry's first demonstration of SPML today, in room 121 of the North Hall of the Moscone Center. The presentation will be led by Business Layers' Gavenraj Sodhi and Netegrity's Amit Jasuja. If you are unable to attend this demonstration, alternative one-on-one executive interviews are available throughout the day, while on-site briefings and demonstrations are available throughout the week at RSA Conference Booth #11.

About Business Layers

Business Layers is the global leader in provisioning software, the cornerstone of identity management solutions. The company's award-winning eProvision(TM) Software products, help organizations enhance security and increase efficiency by automatically allocating IT resources to employees, customers, contractors and business partners, according to corporate policy. Business Layers is headquartered in Rochelle Park, NJ. For more information, please contact Business Layers at 877-552-9377, or visit

About Netegrity, Inc.

Netegrity is a leading provider of identity and access management solutions for legacy, Web, and service-oriented architectures. Netegrity provides a comprehensive and integrated identity management solution, with a single administrative model for authentication management, access control, and user administration across heterogeneous environments, both within the enterprise and beyond. Netegrity's flexible, standards-based solutions are designed to enable secure business applications, improve user satisfaction, reduce administrative costs, enforce policy compliance, and mitigate risk. Supported by a vast network of over 200 partners, Netegrity solutions are licensed to more than 250 million users at nearly 700 organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100. Customers include industry leaders such as Aetna, American Express, Bank One, E*TRADE, General Electric, the Internal Revenue Service, and Wells Fargo. For more information, visit


Netegrity, Inc.
Jennifer Menard
Tel: +1 781/530-6202

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See general references in "XML-Based Provisioning Services."

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