Identity Management for IBM Cognos 8 with IBM Tivoli Identity Manager

An IBM Redpaper publication


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how IBM Tivoli® Identity Manager can be used as a comprehensive identity management solution for IBM Cognos® 8. IBM Cognos 8 provides a security architecture that is flexible and compatible with existing security models. It can be integrated with authentication and cryptographic providers. Authentication in IBM Cognos 8 can be integrated with third-party authentication providers, such IBM Tivoli Directory Server, Sun ONE Directory Server, Microsoft® Active Directory server, and so on. IBM Cognos 8 does not create or manage users as it is expected to be done by the authentication providers. On the other side, IBM Tivoli Identity Manager has excellent capabilities to do the job of identity management. Moreover, IBM Tivoli Identity Manager can provide an automated, policy-driven end-to-end user and group life cycle management solution for the Cognos infrastructure deployed in an organization. Leveraging IBM Tivoli Identity Manager for the identity management can deliver an ideal model working with Cognos security.

In this Redpaper, we provide technical illustrations, configurations, and design patterns for how Tivoli Identity Manager can be integrated with the Cognos 8 security model and its authentication provider (or providers), such as IBM Tivoli Directory Server.

This document is divided into several sections. For those readers who are not familiar with the IBM products covered in this paper, we provide a brief overview of Tivoli Identity Manager and IBM Cognos 8. We also provide a brief overview of how authentication and authorization is performed in Cognos 8. We cover the integration design patterns for Tivoli Identity Manager, IBM Cognos 8, and its authentication provider. We discuss the installation and configuration to implement the integration design. We then look deeper into the Tivoli Identity Manager features that can be leveraged to provide better security with Cognos 8. Finally, we document the conclusion for readers to extend this integration and provide inks to various official documentation.

Table of contents

IBM Tivoli Identity Manager overview
IBM Cognos 8 overview
Cognos 8 authentication, authorization and access
Leveraging Tivoli Identity Manager with Cognos 8
Integration architecture
Configuring the integration
Identity management for Cognos using Tivoli Identity Manager


Publish Date
09 February 2010

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