Five Critical Tenets of Identity and Access Management

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User experience is everything

IAM tools and technology must continue to evolve to more closely mirror the user experience that consumer-focused technologies provide. Having the right overall user experience for IAM is a critical part of achieving widespread participation from business users inside and outside of the enterprise. The right user experience is key to ensuring that organizations get active ongoing participation from business users throughout the identity lifecycle. The user experience has to be part of the business flow, not apart from the business flow.

The identity and access management (IAM) market is experiencing a renaissance with the emergence of new options for how and where to deploy IAM technology, both on-premises and as a service. At the same time, most organizations are struggling with how to best utilize the IAM solutions they have to manage their changing world of IT infrastructure. New technologies like cloud and mobile are being mixed with established mainstays like SAP, Oracle and RACF and all must be managed with an increasing focus on governance, compliance and automation. However, regardless of the delivery model selected, and whatever the mix of applications being managed, many best practices of IAM remain unchanged.

As we look back on what we've learned in the industry so far, and we lay out a path to the future products and solutions for tomorrow, some basic and very simple patterns (or tenets) of IAM approaches emerge that can help guide a solution and a deployment today and 10 years from now. This slideshow features five of the critical IAM tenets, identified by SailPoint, that are necessary for defining, securing and managing identity across the enterprise.

 

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