KuppingerCole Report
By Richard Hill

Modern B2B Identity Management

With Business-to-Business (B2B) transformation comes digital initiatives to better connect B2B customer systems and supply chain services, and in doing so, Identity and Access Management (IAM) becomes a crucial consideration. IAM shares standard features that can be used in B2E or B2C use cases as well, but IAM in the B2B context has specific requirements that need to be addressed. B2B IAM services need to support customers, suppliers, and other partner organizations by providing capabilities such as support for multiple identity types, user delegation at different levels, strong authentication, self-service, and automation, to name a few. Ubisecure Identity Platform solution offers the right B2B capabilities to meet the challenge.

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1 Executive Summary

Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions have continually evolved to meet the changing IT requirements. At first, IAM took root in business-to-e ...

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2 Highlights

  • There are multiple types of identities that must be managed in a standardized way.
  • B2B user onboarding processes can be complicated if manual, or ...
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3 The Business-to-Business (B2B) Challenge

Identities are converging, IAM is converging. It is about enabling everyone to access every service in a controlled manner.

Changes in how businesse ...

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3.1 Different Types of Identities

In order to succeed, the business will need to provide a robust digital identity backend that can deliver all the identity services required to suppor ...

Digital identities associate information about a person or entity that can be used when interacting with digital services, systems or applications. Th ...

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3.2 B2B User Onboarding

A B2B customer onboarding process involves multiple steps on both the part of the organization allowing access to their resources or services and anot ...

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3.3 B2B User Lifecycle

Organizations need well thought-out processes for Identity and Access Management that ensure that identities are managed correctly and all the challen ...

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3.4 B2B System Integrations

Regardless of the organization size, B2B interactions often requires some kind of integration between business systems. This linking of systems and se ...

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3.5 B2B Supply Chain

An organization's supply chain depends on its network of people, organizations, resources, activities, and all the technologies required to make this ...

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4 Core B2B Capabilities

Partner onboarding is easier than offboarding. Have a well-defined process at both the organization and the individual level to ensure that there are ...

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4.1 Identity Management

Identity is at the core of any information security system and Identity and Access Management (IAM) gives the capabilities to manage these identities, ...

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4.2 User Self-Service

In the context of B2B interactions, it is helpful to reduce costs and user friction by providing customers the tools that they need in an easy to use ...

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4.3 User Management and Delegation

Having the ability to perform user management is a key capability of IAM. This can be accomplished through account management in which you can create, ...

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4.4 APIs

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

The need for APIs is driven by the need to meet emerging IT requirements such as hybrid environments that span across on-premises, the cloud, even mul ...

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5 The Ubisecure Approach to Solving B2B Challenges

In order to build a solid foundation in which B2B partners, suppliers, and customers can interact, identity as the basis of trust must first be establ ...

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5.1 Ubisecure Overview

In a B2B context, Ubisecure provides strong federation capabilities, innovative standards support, as well as flexibility through workflow automation ...

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5.2 Ubisecure Capabilities

Ubisecure Identity Server allows for the storage of identities within Redis, LDAP, and SQL clusters. For high utilization deployments, the Redis datab ...

To help with reducing the overhead cost and security risks, Ubisecure supports user self-service through configurable workflows that facilitates the s ...

Ubisecure takes the ability to delegate even further by combining both Delegated ID and LEI to provide a new offering called Right to Represent. By us ...

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6 Summary and Recommendations

Traditional IAM is no longer enough for fulfilling the demands of the business-to-business scenarios of today. Shift the focus from using IAM for just ...

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6.1 Recommendations for architectural analysis

  • Inventory existing IAM infrastructure and document architectural gaps.
  • Consider how a modernization strategy will impact existing legacy IAM.
  • Co ...
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6.2 Recommendations for B2B IAM modernization

  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of IDaaS solutions.
  • Plan for identity diversity that supports the digital services and the use of device ...
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