Microsoft Bhold Forefront Identity Manager [EOL] OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

What is Microsoft Bhold Forefront Identity Manager [EOL]?
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM 2010) enables organizations to manage the entire lifecycle of user identities and their associated credentials. It can be configured to synchronize identities, centrally manage certificates and passwords, and provision users across heterogeneous systems. With FIM IT organizations can define and automate the processes used to manage identities from creation to retirement.

Microsoft Bhold Forefront Identity Manager [EOL] is also known as Bhold Forefront Identity Manager, MS Bhold Forefront Identity Manager [EOL].

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Microsoft Bhold Forefront Identity Manager [EOL] Customers
Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia, Vocational Training Council, PKP S.A., Arysta LifeScience, Wiltshire Council, Sats Elixia, MANN+HUMMEL Group, ViveICA, Kotak Group, Sun International, Anel
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ITCS user
Microsoft Practice Lead at Unify Solutions
Consultant
The SharePoint-hosted web UI lacks the features one would normally expect but it does have a PowerShell-aware web API.

What other advice do I have?

Be prepared to consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a FIM (or any IAM) solution when assessing its comparatively cheaper price-tag over the mainstream alternatives. Be sure to include training and resource development costs are covered in your budget, along with any ongoing "level three" type dependency on specialist resources to maintain and extend the solution once in Production. These costs may be minimized and service delivery/reliability optimised by leveraging a reputable managed service option such as the one available through UNIFY Solutions.
it_user194706
FIM Specialist with 51-200 employees
MSP
It will improve productivity but I've experienced some deployment issues when integrating to SAP & Oracle ERP solutions.

What is most valuable?

Portal Group Password Management

How has it helped my organization?

It will improve productivity, reduce the administrative cost & help-desk by automating the identity management tasks (provisioning, de-provisioning, access management) for an organization.

What needs improvement?

It needs improvement on its reporting. Default reporting is not meeting client requirements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for seven years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Yes. Mostly when integrating to SAP or Oracle ERP solutions.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

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it_user187257
Consultant with 51-200 employees
Vendor
Intial setup is simple and easy to understand with a web based GUI but SQL Deadlock needs improvement

What is most valuable?

Synchronization with applications for automation.

How has it helped my organization?

The product is helping the organization to use this as a request based service through which access also gets placed after approval from the portal itself, without human intervention being required.

What needs improvement?

SQL Deadlock issues for performances and internal application bugs.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Yes, we faced performance issues was not normal or expected behavior.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, random deadlock behavior.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For multiple things happening at the same time, we face few…
it_user186252
Managing Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
The synchronization server function is easy to manage however during deployment it was hard to keep oversight of policies.

What other advice do I have?

You will not resolve your identity and access management problems by implementing an IAM product like FIM 2010. * A good upfront design of the policies, procedures etc. etc. will help define the necessary requirements that will help you select the right IAM product * Do not only look at implementation and implementation costs. The biggest part of the effort/ money will go towards the management when the product is implemented in production
ITCS user
IAM Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
FIM leads to better security but work is needed on the management of multi-valued attributes for managed identities

What other advice do I have?

Perform lots of research, not only on the technology aspect but also on the business processes, business roles, how the business will support the solution and integration options. Investigate whether the licensing will be sufficient and if the external connector will be suitable for the organisation. Evaluate if all features of the solution need to be deployed in the same phase or if the features can be enabled across multiple phases. Also evaluate whether group management is important to the business as this feature of FIM is one of its highlights.
ITCS user
Working on Identity and Access Management at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
FIM 2010 SP1 is a good product for all those organization who want identity and access management.

What other advice do I have?

Before implementing this product, please make sure that what you want to implement is covered by FIM 2010, or firstly understand the features of FIM and then look into this.
it_user184764
Wintel System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
Our current FIM infrastructure has stability issues. However this may be due to external factors or configuration.

What other advice do I have?

Starting off, ensure that support staff receive sufficient training on the product. Also ensure that you implement the product on platforms for which it was designed. We have had many challenges trying custom build environments to suit.
it_user3321
Identity Management Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Good if this is your organizations first Identity Manager. It's painful moving over from another solution.

What other advice do I have?

If you have nothing else, great, but if you have other stuff already, it's going to be painful. If your organization has never used any kind of Identity Management Solution, I would rate it close to an 8/10, but if your organization had another solution, it would probably rate closer to a 3/10. The reason for this is that it is very good if it's not replacing anything because typically your user base is not used to 'something else'. I have been in both situations and can very much tell the difference.
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