A February 2008 report from Forrester titled "Identity Management Market Forecast: 2007 To 2014" predicts that the identity management market will grow from nearly $2.6 billion in 2006 to more than $12.3 billion in 2014 (the figure includes revenues from both software products and implementation services). Identity and access management represents a convergence of technical and business procedures designed to enable workers to have access to all the information -- but only the appropriate information -- they need to do their job at a certain point in time. Done properly, an enterprise's identity and access management system should automate, accelerate, and simplify account access and management while keeping data protected. Given the desire for streamlined, more cost-effective identity management solutions, it should come as no surprise that outsourced identity management and the emergence of identity as a service are hot topics within the identity management community.
THE OF IDENTITY MANAGEMENT eciding who gets access to which assets within an enterprise FIRST A DEFINITION D is not a new problem; it’s been around since kings gave orders to put the castle drawbridge up or down for an oncoming rider. However, with so much enterprise information Identity and access management represents a convergence of technical and business procedures designed to enable workers to have access to all the information—but only the appropriate now residing online and in overlapping applications both inside information—they need to do their job at a certain point in time. and outside firewalls, with employees and contractors dispersed It is composed of two primary functions: identity management in offices around the globe, and with software as a service (SaaS) (IM), which refers to the administrative and intelligence aspects becoming an everyday part of enterprise architecture, the need of managing identities, and identity access management (IAM), for flexible and secure identity and access management has taken which refers to the ways in which users access information. on new urgency. According to Gartner analyst Earl Perkins, each of the two A February 2008 report from Forrester titled “Identity halves of identity and access management can be further sub- Management Market Forecast: 2007 To 2014” predicts that the divided into two sections under Gartner’s preferred taxonomy: identity management market will grow from nearly $2.6 billion Identity administration, such as user provisioning and credential in 2006 to more than $12.3 billion in 2014 (the figure includes management, and identity intelligence, such as compliance revenues from both software products and implementation reporting and auditing, are parts of identity management. On the services). Its authors, Andras Cser and Jonathan Penn, observe IAM side, Perkins continues, “It really consists of verification that “Even after years of healthy adoption rates, the IAM and authorization. Verification would be the SmartCards and market is actually just beginning its trajectory toward broad passwords that confirm you’re who you say you are, and adoption and deep penetration.” authorization is the management tools that say, ‘Now that we With both the supply of identity management solutions and know who you are, what information do you get to access and the demand for the product offerings poised to accelerate in the what are you allowed to do with it?’” near-term, it is instructive to review the problems that identity Done properly, an enterprise’s identity and access management management solutions are meant to solve—and the obstacles that system should automate, accelerate, and simplify account access still remain along the growth path. and management while keeping data protected. The reality is that APRIL 2009 ECONTENT 21 The Changing Face of Identity Management Forrester predicts escalating growth in the identity management market through 2014, with services accounting for an increasing piece of global revenues. Source: Forrester Research, Inc., Copyright 2009. as the number of business systems within an enterprise expands over time, each system may have strata and substrata of IM tools that are vendor-specific, though they seek to accomplish the same function for the same set of people. Symplified, Inc., a company that provides unified access management systems designed for cloud architectures, found in a December 2008 survey of its customers that 37% of enterprises counted 7–12 passwords per employee, while 12% had 12 or more sense to revisit identity management estimated the cost of resolving password passwords per employee. because while every company has identity problems at between $10 and $31 per management problems, it’s just overhead, phone call to the help
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