IBM Tivoli Access Manager Review
The SSO, URL-based access control, OAuth 2 and OIDC are the most valuable features.


Improvements to My Organization

It provides robust security.

Valuable Features

The SSO, URL-based access control, OAuth 2 and OIDC are the most valuable features.

The URL-based access control has become more important due to the paradigm shift towards RESTful APIs, i.e., where URLs uniquely represent the resources to be protected. IBM TAM has a rich authorization model which simulates the system/environment to be protected by its protected object space. This makes it easy to visualize the hierarchical model of the end system and to attach ACLs/policies and customized rules, to the objects to be protected.

OAuth 2 is now the de facto standard for API protection and scoped authorized delegation. IBM TAM now supports OAuth 2 and can act as fully compliant OAuth 2 authorization server.

OIDC is fast becoming equally or more popular than SAML and is certainly the modern developers choice for SSO, i.e., for both the cloud/on-prem apps. The newer version of the IBM TAM supports OIDC, which can act as the OIDC provider.

Room for Improvement

The user interface for LMI needs improvement.

The Local Management Interface (LMI), especially for the older IBM Tivoli Appliance Manager (TAM) version, can be improved in terms of overall UI/UX and also, in terms of the performance of the monitoring dashboard.
The LMI for version 9 is much better in that respect.

An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for the newer appliance versions for hosting the virtual appliances on AWS will help.

Stability Issues

There were no stability issues.

Scalability Issues

There were no scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I would rate the technical support a 6/10.

Implementation Team

The initial setup was of medium level complexity. The subsequent configuration was complex.

Other Advice

Go for the latest version.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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