KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By Richard Hill

Identity API Platforms

Identity API Platforms expose APIs to capabilities ranging from IAM to Federation and more while supporting both the agile and DevOps paradigms that address the more complex IT environments seen today. This Leadership Compass will give you an overview and insights into the Identity API Platform market; providing you a compass to help you find the product that you need.

1 Introduction

Many different factors are driving Digital Transformation in the market today. One factor is the change in how businesses interact with their consumer ...

Now we are beginning to see Identity APIs platforms becoming available. This market is driven by the need to meet emerging IT requirements such as hyb ...

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1.1 Market Segment

The Identity API Platforms share many of the same capabilities seen in the IAM, CIAM, IDaaS, and Adaptive Authentication/Consumer Authentication marke ...

Picking solutions always require a thorough analysis of customer requirements and a comparison with product features. Leadership does not always mean ...

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1.2 Delivery models

Since most of the solutions covered in our rating are designed to offer comprehensive Identity API Platform capabilities regardless of the location of ...

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1.3 Required Capabilities

When evaluating the products, besides looking at the aspects of

  • overall functionality
  • size of the company
  • number of customers
  • number of deve ...
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2 Leadership

Selecting a vendor of a product or service must not be only based on the comparison provided by a KuppingerCole Leadership Compass. The Leadership Com ...

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2.1 Overall Leadership

The Overall Leadership rating is a combined view of the three Leadership categories, i.e., Product Leadership, Innovation Leadership, and Market Leade ...

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2.2 Product Leadership

The first of the three specific Leadership ratings is about Product Leadership. This view is mainly based on the analysis of product/service features ...

Product Leadership is the view in which we focus on the functional strength and completeness of the Identity API Platform product. Since the Identity ...

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2.3 Innovation Leadership

Another angle we take when evaluating products/services concerns innovation. Innovation is, from our perspective, a key capability in IT market segmen ...

We have rated only a few vendors as Innovation Leaders in the Identity API Platform market, which has driven this market forward through the innovatio ...

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2.4 Market Leadership

Here we look at Market Leadership qualities based on certain market criteria including but not limited to the number of customers, the partner ecosyst ...

The Market Leadership evaluation, the top three are ForgeRock, Ping Identity, and Okta primarily for their more extensive global customer base, partne ...

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3 Correlated View

While the Leadership charts identify leading vendors in certain categories, many customers are looking not only for, say, a product leader, but for a ...

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3.1 The Market/Product Matrix

The first of these correlated views looks at Product Leadership and Market Leadership.

Vendors below the line have a weaker market position than expected according to their product maturity. Vendors above the line are sort of “overperf ...

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3.2 The Product/Innovation Matrix

The second view shows how Product Leadership and Innovation Leadership are correlated. It is not surprising that there is a pretty good correlation be ...

Vendors below the line are more innovative, vendors above the line are, compared to the current Product Leadership positioning, less innovative.

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3.3 The Innovation/Market Matrix

The third matrix shows how Innovation Leadership and Market Leadership are related. Some vendors might perform well in the market without being Innova ...

Vendors below the line have a weaker market position than expected according to their product maturity. Vendors above the line are sort of “overperf ...

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4 Products and Vendors at a glance

This section provides an overview of the various products we have analyzed within this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass on Identity Provisioning. Asid ...

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4.1 Ratings at a glance

Based on our evaluation, a comparative overview of the ratings of all the products covered in this document is shown in Table 1.

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In addition, we provide in Table 2 an overview which also contains four additional ratings for the vendor, going beyond the product view provided in t ...

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Table 2 requires some additional explanation regarding the “critical” rating.

In Innovativeness, this rating is applied if vendors provide none or v ...

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5 Product/Service evaluation

This section contains a quick rating for every product/service we’ve included in this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass document. For many of the pro ...

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5.1 Akamai

Akamai, recently acquired Janrain, which is private equity backed CIAM SaaS provider, based in Portland, Oregon. The company was launched in 2002 to ...

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5.2 Auth0

Auth0 is a rapidly growing company located in Bellevue WA (U.S.), London, Buenos Aires, Sydney and Tokyo, that operates a cloud-based identity platfor ...

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5.3 ForgeRock

ForgeRock is a leader in the IAM space, providing a single integrated suite based on their Identity Platform, which consists of several software produ ...

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5.4 Idaptive

Founded in 2004 with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Centrify spun out their IDaaS solution as a new company called Idaptive. Idaptive provid ...

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5.5 iWelcome

iWelcome started in 2011, and is headquartered in the Netherlands. iWelcome IDaaS provides for both IDaaS and CIAM solutions with its strongest focus ...

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5.6 LoginRadius

Established in 2011, LoginRadius is a VC-backed CIAM vendor based in Vancouver, Canada. The LoginRadius cIAM Platform supports both CIAM and IDaaS use ...

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5.7 Okta

Okta, founded in 2009, is an independent leader in the IDaaS market. Their early focus was on delivering Single Sign-On to cloud services for enterpri ...

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5.8 Optimal IdM

Established in 2005, Optimal IdM is a small company headquartered in Lutz, Florida, in the U.S, with other regional offices in the U.S. and Melbourne, ...

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5.9 Ping Identity

Ping Identity was founded in 2002 with a primary focus in the area of Identity Federation. Since then, Ping Identity has steadily grown to add feature ...

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5.10 Pirean

Pirean is a UK-based software company founded in 2002 with offices in London and Sydney. More recently, Pirean was acquired by Exostar in 2018. The Pi ...

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5.11 Ubisecure

Ubisecure is a Finland based company established in 2002 with a customer base primarily in the Nordic region. Their Identity Server is delivered as a ...

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5.12 ViewDS

Founded in 2009, ViewDS is a privately held identity management company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. ViewDS provides a suite of solutions th ...

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5.13 WSO2

WSO2 Identity Server is based on open source and provides Identity and Access Management (IAM) capabilities as a single integrated IAM suite. WSO2 Ide ...

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6 Vendors to watch

Besides the vendors covered in detail in this Leadership Compass document, we observe some other vendors in the market that have credible Identity API ...

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6.1 Accenture Security - Memority

The French system integrator, Arismore, founded Memority. With the acquisition of Arismore by Accenture Security, Memority has become part of that lar ...

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6.2 Amazon AWS - Cognito

Amazon Cognito offers authentication, authorization, and user management capabilities for both web and mobile applications. All services are exposed v ...

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6.3 Avoco Secure - Trust Platform

provides APIs with a focus on security, privacy, and usability. The API platform is a toolkit providing extended ecosystem functionality to deliver mu ...

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6.4 Cloudentity

Cloudentity is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. In 2014, Cloudentity leveraged their IAM expertise from Syntegrity into a next-gen platform based ...

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6.5 EmpowerID

EmpowerID with its product also named EmpowerID was founded in 2005, and formerly known as The Dot Net Factory. EmpowerID supports medium to large com ...

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6.6 Ergon - Airlock IAM

Ergon is a privately held Swiss-based company established in 1984. With customers primarily in DACH and growing across EMEA and the APAC regions, it h ...

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6.7 Gigya - CIAM Platform

Gigya, recently acquired by SAP, is a software vendor headquartered in Mountain View, California with additional offices worldwide (including London, ...

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6.8 Google - Cloud IAM

Google's cloud IAM platform is intended to managing access and permissions for both users and services that wish to access an organization's resources ...

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6.9 IBM - Cloud IAM

IBM is a large fortune 500 company headquartered in Armonk, NY with a global presence in North America, EMEA, and APAC regions. IBM has customer deplo ...

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6.10 Microsoft Azure - AD B2C

Microsoft Azure Active Directory B2C is their cloud identity management service focused on facilitating business to consumer applications. Built upon ...

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6.11 OpenText Cocisint - Cloud Identity Platform

Founded in 1991, OpenText is a large publicly-traded Canadian software company headquartered in the Great Lakes region. With their acquisition of Covi ...

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6.12 OneLogin

OneLogin was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were one of the first vendors to enter the IDaaS market. OneLogi ...

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6.13 OpenIAM - IAM Suite

OpenIAM has been in the IAM market since 2008. They moved from an open source model to a model which mandatorily involves a commercial component and o ...

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6.14 Oracle - Identity Cloud Service

Oracle is both a leading software vendor and a leading cloud service provider. Their platform is built from the ground up for IDaaS requirements in mi ...

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6.15 Salesforce - Identity Platform

Salesforce.com is a well-established player in the SaaS market, primarily known for its CRM (Customer Relationship Management) offering. Over the year ...

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6.16 SAP - Cloud Identity Platform

SAP is one of the world’s largest software company headquartered in Germany. Since entering the cloud market five years ago, it has quickly grown to ...

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6.17 SecureAuth - SecureAuth IdP

SecureAuth is a well-established provider of a set of identity management solutions covering Multi-Factor Authentication, Risk-based Adaptive Authenti ...

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7 Related Research

Executive View: Auth0 Customer Identity Management - 71053
Executive View: Auth0 Authentication Service - 71325
Executive View: Centrify Next-Gen Access Platform - 79036
Executive View: ForgeRock Identity Platform - 70296
Executive View: ForgeRock Access Management - 71316
Executive View: iWelcome IDaaS and CIAM - 70298
Executive View: iWelcome Identity & Access Management as a Service - 71205
Executive View: Janrain Identity Cloud® - 70845
Executive View: Okta Cloud IAM Platform - 70887
Executive View: Ping Identity PingOne - 70288
Executive View: Ping Identity’s PingFederate - 70284
Executive View: Pirean Consumer IAM Platform - 70223
Executive View: ViewDS Cobalt - 70851
Executive View: Ubisecure Identity Server - 70838
Executive View: WSO2 App Manager - 71296
Executive View: WSO2 Identity Server - 71129
Leadership Compass: Access Governance & Intelligence - 71145
Leadership Compass: Access Management and Federation - 71147
Leadership Compass: Adaptive Authentication - 71173
Leadership Compass: CIAM Platforms - 79059
Leadership Compass: Cloud-based MFA Solutions - 70967
Leadership Compass: Dynamic Authorization Management - 70966
Leadership Compass: Identity Provisioning - 71139
Leadership Compass: Identity as a Service: Single Sign-On to the Cloud (IDaaS SSO) - 71141
Leadership Compass: Identity as a Service (IDaaS B2E) - 70319
Whitepaper: ForgeRock: The Effect of GDPR on Customer Relations - 73000
Whitepaper: Ping Identity solutions for Customer Identity and Access Management - 70289
Whitepaper: Pirean: Orchestrated Identity for Meeting IAM & CIAM Requirements - 70225



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