KuppingerCole Report
By Martin Kuppinger

Making IAM agile and working to the business

IAM is changing. It is no longer about workforce IAM anymore, but about managing all types of digital identities, across a wide variety of use cases. Digital identities are at the core of digital business. Thus, modern IAM must be agile to cater to the ever-changing demand of the business, and serve every type of identities from consumers to devices, things, and services. This requires rethinking traditional approaches, having a holistic approach for IAM, a strong IAM organization, and modern customization and deployment approaches such as GitOps.

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1 Executive Summary

The role of IAM has changed fundamentally over the past decade. IAM today is way more than an administrative tool and a solution for enforcing Access ...

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2 Highlights

  • The need for a modern IAM: IAM becoming a business enabler, beyond just being an administration, security and governance tool

  • The need for s ...

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3 Changing business demand: IAM becoming a business enabler

IAM is a business enabler. Digital identities are at the core of every digital service, and digital business relies on digital identities. Thus, the ...

With the need for organizations to be way more agile than in ancient times, for continuous innovation, highly volatile partnerships, and direct intera ...

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4 The challenge: Delivering new services now, without IAM sprawling

With the need for delivering a way broader set of IAM capabilities than ever before, and the need to cater to new business demands to IAM in an agil ...

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5 The solution: Modern architectures, legacy IAM integration, services

Modern architectures, target operating models, and deployment models are the foundation for a successful IAM delivery. However, this requires an ade ...

Defining such a model is an essential task for being able to deliver to the business demand on time. Such model allows for adding new capabilities, an ...

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6 Service Layers: Delivering modern IAM as a service, built for GitOps

Service Layers delivers a modern IAM framework, utilizing existing IAM solutions, that build on the GitOps paradigm and thus overcomes the challenge ...

The target of this approach, based on the GitOps paradigm, is to deliver self-managed software components as part of both the standard deployment of S ...

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7 Recommendations: 8 areas to cover for a truly agile IAM

Making IAM agile and ready to serve the demand of today's digital businesses requires to think beyond the traditional approach on IAM, in both scope ...

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