Oracle and IBM have both announced new versions of their identity management software.

The Oracle Identity Management suite is an update and the result of technology picked up with it purchase of Oblix in March. The suite can now run across operating systems, directories, application servers and applications from different vendors, according to Amit Jasuja, Oracle's development VP. "This is an important release for us because it shows how committed we are to running disparate programs," Jasuja said.

Prior to purchasing Oblix, Oracle had only basic identity management products limited to Oracle systems. The new suite can run on IBM databases, SAP applications, and Microsoft's LDAP directory.

Available now, the suite is part of Oracle's larger Fusion Middleware portfolio, which also includes 10g Application Server, Oracle Collaboration Suite, and Data Hubs.

IBM, for its part, has added new software to its Tivoli Identity Manager Version 4.6 to help companies securely manage user accounts and access to passwords. The software also offers a new policy simulation feature that allows IT managers to try out "what if" scenarios when changing security policies.

IBM also added new identity management services to help businesses prevent fraud and identity theft by verifying and validating identities. IBM Tivoli Identity Manager Version 4.6 will be available between in the next few months.