Netegrity has produced a new version of its user provisioning product. IdentityMinder eProvision 4.0 has improved workflow features to allow sysadmins to manage policies for resources and application access.

It is the first major release of eProvision since Netegrity bought provisioning company Business Layers late last year, said Randy Fuller, Netegrity product marketing manager.

Netegrity has added a new workflow engine that includes a graphical user interface that allows "drag and drop" features to build workflow processes, such as creating a series of actions needed to change a user's access to network resources. Earlier versions required sysadmins to write scripts to create new processes, Fuller said.

With a feature called "intelligent workflow process", eProvision 4.0 allows multiple workflow tasks to take place simultaneously, rather than requiring one task to be complete before another can begin, Netegrity said. It will also work with J2EE architecture, such as Solaris, as well as Windows.

The changes are intended to make eProvision more enticing to enterprise customers who are looking for ease of use and solid administration features, Fuller said.

A number of factors are driving interest in user provisioning technology. Enterprises want to extend access to a broad range of users, from employees to customers and business partners, and a diverse range of applications, including internal and Web-based external applications. In addition, companies are anxious to comply with new regulations governing information privacy.

eProvision 4.0 is out in June and costs, on average, $30 per user. Pricing differs depending on the number of user licenses purchased and the number of network resources that will be provisioned, Fuller said.