KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By Martin Kuppinger

Identity Fabrics

This report provides an overview of the market for Identity Fabrics, comprehensive IAM solutions built on a modern, modular architecture, and provides you with a compass to help you to find the solution that best meets your needs. We examine the market segment, vendor service functionality, relative market share, and innovative approaches to providing solutions that serve customers best in building their Identity Fabrics.

1 Introduction

The term “Identity Fabrics” stands for a paradigm of a comprehensive set of Identity Services, delivering the capabilities required for providing ...

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1.1 Market Segment

Digital business has evolved from simple e-commerce websites from the 90s. Modern digital business models are complex, distributed, multidimensional ...

The formerly classic corporate network with clearly defined "inside" and "outside" has given way to a massively hybrid, new IT reality. IAM (Identity ...

Identity fabrics are not an entirely new concept. They are based on the challenges of a modern workplace and digitalization, which is responsible for ...

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1.2 Delivery models

Identity Fabrics are, generally speaking, agnostic to the deployment model. Ideally, various components can be deployed in different types of deployme ...

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1.3 Required capabilities

Identity Fabrics must support a good baseline level in both IGA and Access Management but could add further capabilities such as integrated directory ...

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2 Leadership

Selecting a vendor of a product or service must not only be based on the information provided in a KuppingerCole Leadership Compass. The Leadership Co ...

In the overall rating, we see IBM and ForgeRock head-to-head, both at the same level. IBM has invested significantly into their IBM Security Verify pl ...

Product Leadership is where we examine the functional strength and completeness of services. For Identity Fabrics, this covers a range of areas such ...

While the Leader segment for Product Leadership is quite empty, we see a lot of vendors in that segment when it comes to Innovation Leadership. This i ...

With Identity Fabrics still being a rather new market segment, we don’t see that many specific implementations with a focus on delivering a modern, ...

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3 Correlated View

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

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3.1 The Market/Product Matrix

The first of these correlated views contrasts 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

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

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

Whi ...

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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 are more innovative, vendors above the line are, compared to the current Market Leadership positioning, less innovative.

This ...

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4 Products and Vendors at a glance

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

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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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Table 2: Comparative overview of the ratings for the product capabilities

In addition, we provide in Table 2 an overview which also contains four ad ...

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Table 3: Comparative overview of the ratings for vendors

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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 Accenture Security

Accenture is one of the largest consultancies globally. Part of their offering is Accenture Memority, an integrated solution that supports most areas ...

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5.2 Avatier

Avatier is an U.S.-based vendor that provides a suite of IAM solutions, Identity Anywhere. This suite supports a range of capabilities, including IGA ...

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5.3 Broadcom Inc.

Broadcom and the Symantec Identity Service have emerged following the mergers of Broadcom, CA Technologies, and Symantec. The Symantec Identity Servic ...

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5.4 Cloudentity

Cloudentity is a relatively young vendor in the broader IAM market that delivers solutions for managing identities and controlling authorization at th ...

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5.5 EmpowerID

EmpowerID with its set of modules for IAM is one of the very few vendors in the market that provide a comprehensive, integrated solution for all areas ...

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5.6 ForgeRock

The ForgeRock Identity Platform unifies the various IAM solutions provided by ForgeRock, such as the Identity Manager, Access Manager and other compon ...

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5.7 Hitachi ID Systems

Hitachi ID is an established player in the IAM market, backed by Hitachi as the parent company. Hitachi ID recently has restructured and renamed its p ...

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5.8 IBM

IBM over the past years has developed a modern IAM solution that is provided as-a-service, but also supported in other deployment models. With IBM bei ...

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5.9 Ilantus Technologies

Ilantus , which started as a system integrator, has moved fast to provide offerings targeted at different types of customers. Their solution Compact I ...

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5.10 Okta

Okta has, over the past years, grown to one of the leading providers of IDaaS (Identity as a Service) solutions. The Okta Identity Cloud has emerged b ...

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5.11 SAP

SAP, as one of the leading global software vendors, has a number of IAM-related solutions in its portfolio, some specifically targeting the SAP enviro ...

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5.12 Simeio Solutions

Simeio is a US-based vendor in the IAM market, delivering their Simeio Identity Orchestrator as a solution that supports customers in orchestrating IA ...

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5.13 WSO2

WSO2 is another established vendor in the IAM market, with a long history in delivering IAM solutions. Their overall portfolio also comprises an Enter ...

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6 Vendors and Market Segments to watch

Aside from the vendors covered in detail in this Leadership Compass document, we also observe other vendors in the market that we find interesting. So ...

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6.1 Atos/Evidian

Atos and its IAM solution provider Evidian are delivering a range of IAM solutions. The most interesting of these is their Cloud Identity and Access M ...

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6.2 Auth0

Auth0 offers a platform for providing authentication services, including Adaptive Authentication and MFA, that is targeted at developers and is API-ce ...

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6.3 Axiomatics

Axiomatics is one of the established vendors in the IAM sub-segment of Dynamic Authorization Management. These capabilities will become increasingly i ...

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6.4 CyberArk

CyberArk, with the acquisition of Idaptive, has moved from a PAM specialist to a provider of a comprehensive set of IAM capabilities. These now also i ...

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6.5 Fischer International

Fischer International is a US-based vendor that started early in delivering IDaaS solutions. Their products are also available on-premises and cover b ...

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6.6 iC Consult/ServiceLayers

German system integrator iC Consult with their ServiceLayers division is delivering an integrated solution for Access Management and IGA that builds o ...

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6.7 Identity Automation

Identity Automation is an US-based provider of an integrated IAM solution covering both Access Management and IGA requirements. Their main focus is on ...

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6.8 Micro Focus

Micro Focus, with the heritage of the former Novell and NetIQ products, has a broad range of solutions for IAM that are also provided in as-a-service ...

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6.9 Microsoft

Microsoft with its Azure Active Directory is, from our perspective, one of the most interesting players in the emerging market for Identity Fabrics. T ...

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6.10 N8 Identity

Canadian software vendor N8 Identity delivers a solution for IGA, specifically Access Governance, that runs in the cloud. It leverages the capabilitie ...

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6.11 One Identity

One Identity is well-known as one of the leading vendors in the IGA market and also for delivering a strong PAM solution. However, after the discontin ...

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6.12 OpenIAM

OpenIAM is a provider of an open source IAM solution that covers both IGA and Access Management. They have built their solution following a modern arc ...

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6.13 Optimal IdM

Optimal IdM delivers a range of IAM solutions, covering both Access Management and IGA, and being available as a service, but also for on-premises dep ...

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6.14 Oracle

Oracle has a mature on-premises IAM portfolio, but also developed its Oracle Identity Cloud over the past years, delivering IAM as a service. The focu ...

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6.15 PlainID

PlainID is a specialist vendor for Dynamic Authorization Management and policy-based authorizations. While not delivering a complete IAM portfolio, th ...

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6.16 Ping Identity

Ping Identity counts amongst the leaders in the Access Management market, adding further capabilities such as Dynamic Authorization Management and sup ...

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6.17 RSA

RSA provides various IAM solutions, both for IGA and Access Management. In the latter area, their main focus is on Adaptive Authentication and MFA. Th ...

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6.18 SailPoint

While being leading-edge in IGA, with both on-premises and cloud-based versions as well as IDaaS service and AI-based Access Risk Analytics, SailPoint ...

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6.19 Saviynt

Saviynt is one of the cloud born IGA vendors, providing a broad set of IGA capabilities. They also have partnerships with various other vendors in the ...

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6.20 Strata.io

Strata is a start-up that delivers a cloud-based IAM platform that is focused on supporting hybrid and multi-cloud environments, by orchestrating iden ...

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7 Related Research

Leadership Compass: CIAM Platforms – 80040
Leadership Compass: Access Governance & Intelligence – 80098
Leadership Compass: Access Control Tools for SAP Environments – 80104
Leadership Compass: Privileged Access Management – 80088
Leadership Compass: Identity Governance & Administration (IGA) – 80063
Leadership Compass: API Management and Security – 70311
Leadership Compass: Identity as a Service (IDaaS) IGA – 80051
Leadership Compass: IDaaS Access Management – 79016
Market Compass: Dynamic Authorization Management – 71144
Buyer’s Compass: Access Management – 80201
Buyer’s Compass: Privileged Access Management – 80200
Buyer’s Compass: API Management and Security – 80215
Buyer’s Compass: Consumer Identity and Access Management Solutions – 80018
Buyer’s Compass: Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) – 71526
Executive View: ForgeRock Access Management – 80319
Executive View: Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager – 80142
Executive View: Hitachi ID IAM Suite – 80399
Executive View: IBM Cloud Identity – 79065
Executive View: Ilantus Compact Identity – 80177
Executive View: SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance - 80418
Executive View: Simeio Identity Orchestrator – 80151
Executive View: Symantec Identity Governance and Administration - 80324
Executive View: Symantec Privileged Access Manager - 80331
Executive View: WSO2 Identity Server – 80060
Leadership Brief: 10 Top Trends in IAM – 80335
Leadership Brief: Leveraging Identity Fabrics on your way towards Cloud Based IAM – 80501
Leadership Brief: Identity Fabrics – Connecting Anyone to Every Service – 80204



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