The CA Identity Manager 12.5 Bulk Loader

What is the CA Identity Manager Bulk Loader and what is it good for?
The Bulk Loader is used to make changes to a large number of objects simultaneously.

Being a newbie to IDMWORKS, and not used to writing blog entries, I decided to gain inspiration by browsing some of the older posts to see what has been written thus far.  I noticed that there was a blog entry posted about Oracle Identity Manager (9.1.0.2), and the Bulk Load Utility that it includes.  I said “Hey! Computer Associates Identity Manager has that too!”.  So, needless to say, I decided to share a bit about the CA Identity Manager 12.5 Bulk Loader that is new to the CA Identity Manager product.

What is the CA Identity Manager Bulk Loader and what is it good for?

The Bulk Loader is used to make changes to a large number of objects simultaneously.  That is a lot easier than doing it one at a time.  At a, um,  previous employer; I was not only the Identity Manager Administrator (STAFF EDIT: as opposed to being the “Identity Manager”? *lol*), but I was also responsible for overseeing the group that did all of the user provisioning for the corporate systems.  Here was the situation:

  • The company had just tripled in size (by acquiring parts of another company)
  • We received an employee listing of the acquired company very late in the game (sound familiar?)
  • They decided that the accounts needed to be created over the weekend (are they kidding??)
  • I was a bass player in a rock band and had 2 gigs that weekend (Relevant? Yes!)

The overall setup is something that we’ve all seen at some point:

Very difficult task + short deadline + no time = Hair pulling time!

I was pleased to discover with our upgrade from version 8.1 to 12.5, that the Bulk Loader was included in the software.  In a very short amount of time I was able to create thousands of users just by using the spreadsheet of the employees that HR gave me (and I wasn’t late to my gigs!).

The bottom line is that sometimes the simplest things are easily overlooked, and I’m glad that I knew about the Bulk Loader feature.  Who knows, it might save you too someday!  In my next post, I will cover some of the issues that I ran into while using it, and what you can do to overcome them.