In the 1990s and early 2000s, Oracle dabbled in the identity space with database access controls and a network directory. But it really wasn't considered a player in this space.
This changed in 2005 when Oracle acquired its way into identity management with the purchase of Oblix and Thor Technologies. Even with these acquisitions, many industry watchers never thought that Oracle could buy its way into the market and weave disparate products into an integrated suite.
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