Lots of people were caught off guard when it was announced at TEC that ILMv2 is going to be delayed. It wasn't so much the idea of a delay, as everyone is pretty much use to product releases being delayed by a month or so. The weeping and gnashing of teeth is due to the fact that ILMv2 won't be released till Q1 of 2010 - that's a year, not a month.
Talk about an identity vacuum... (I'm glad I was able to connect a topic to the name of my blog - he he)
Speaking to clients on a daily basis, most are in disbelief about this decision by Microsoft. Some clients are scrambling to figure out how to deal with this delay. Many vendors are doing similar shuffles due to this delay too. Selling ILM services, as I did in my past life, is proving to be somewhat difficult right now because clients aren't sure what to do. I know lots of ISVs that add value to both ILM and ILMv2, and it'll be interesting to see how they adapt to this news.
I'm sure Microsoft thought long and hard before making this sort of a big decision, I trust it'll pay off for them in the long run. I hope the IDA sales team can hold out till then.
Here's the news from Microsoft http://blogs.technet.com/stbnewsbytes/archive/2009/03/24/identity-lifecycle-manager-2-schedule-update.aspx
Thanks to Richard Blackham for pointing this out. (Updated 4/6/09)
Here's what other bloggers are saying about it: (http://www.wapshere.com/missmiis/?p=387 , http://jacksonshaw.blogspot.com/).