Identity Management (IM)
Having everything, anywhere, anytime
safely in cloud and mobile
Cloud and mobile – both devices and individuals – put the expectation of having everything, anywhere, anytime in play, and there is no going back. The economics of cloud combined with accessibility, applications, and device support for the major mobile platforms continue strengthening these expectations. Today’s norm is expecting an online interaction across devices and services, independent of the type of transaction. As a result, the number of user accounts is skyrocketing among a mash of identities services.
Provision, audit and report on user access and activity
Identity Management provides functionality to cover enterprise user lifecycle management, including access risk assessment and mitigation using business-driven identity management and end-to-end user lifecycle management. Identity Management helps organizations mitigate access risks and access policy violations by using intelligence driven, business-driven identity Management integrated with end-to-end user lifecycle management.
Traditionally, IAM has been offered as an on-premise solution that encompasses all of the previous steps. IAM solutions also have typically consolidated the onboarding of individuals into an enterprise-owned IT system and managed the means of identifying users as valid and having the rights to resources (data or facilities) and services (applications).
Through these consolidated systems, organizations and individuals adhere to a policy to gain what has traditionally been referred to as a level of identity assurance. Each level of assurance is embodied in a workflow (a series of well-defined steps, often with enforced controls) to enable the identity process described above. Traditionally this process enabled the use and management of IT systems owned by the enterprise.
Cloud and mobile have changed this and, as a result, the way IAM is delivered. For the CIO, cloud, mobile, and the related new identity types impact all of the policies, processes, procedures, and technologies of IAM services. Employees bring their own social and technical networks in addition to a range of devices. How to integrate these accounts, endpoints, and their associated applications and data is a tremendous challenge — as well as an opportunity — for information technology solution providers.
Identity Management Solutions
IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence (IGI) provides functionality to cover enterprise user lifecycle management, including access risk assessment and mitigation using business-driven identity governance and end-to-end user lifecycle management. IGI helps organizations mitigate access risks and access policy violations by using intelligence driven, business-driven identity governance integrated with end-to-end user lifecycle management.
Omada Identity Suite delivers comprehensive IM functionality on-premises or as-a-service. The end-to-end solution allows organizations to manage and govern all identity types (privileged users, employees, contractors, business partners, customers, devices, and machine identities) and manage access to all resources across systems, applications, and cloud resources. In addition, Omada provides a clear and consistent path for organizations that migrate users and their access from on-premises to hybrid to multi-cloud solutions.
Built on Microsoft technology, supporting heterogeneous environments including SAP, the Omada Identity Suite is an ideal and future-proof choice. The adoption investment is very low, as the solution uses standard interfaces, technologies and concepts already familiar to organizations using Microsoft technology.
Okta is an integrated identity and mobility management service. Built from the ground up in the cloud, Okta securely and simply connects people to their applications from any device, anywhere, at anytime. Okta integrates with existing directories and identity systems, as well as thousands of on premises, cloud and mobile applications, and runs on a secure, reliable and extensively audited cloud based platform. With the Okta REST API developers can build secure, scalable, and robust identity and access management into any application that can send an HTTP request.
SailPoint offers a software solution called IdentityIQ with several optional modules that is targeted at the high end of the IM market. In addition, SailPoint has a separate multitenant cloud-architected IM SaaS solution called IdentityNow that focuses on more basic IM needs and is targeted at the midmarket. In 2019, SailPoint released a cloud-hosted, vendor-managed service based on IdentityIQ. In addition, partners of SailPoint also offer cloud-hosted IdentityIQ as a service. Gartner considered only IdentityIQ for evaluating the Product/Service score.
SailPoint’s success is directly tied to our Core Values, also known as the “Four I’s”: Innovation, Integrity, Impact, and Individuals. These are cornerstones to our corporate culture, and because they are independent of scale, they have served us well from our early das as a startup through today as a fast-growing global company.
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