Buyer's Guide for Choosing an IAM Solution


Published: 21 December 2017 ID: G00338753

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Summary

IAM has a broad business and technology impact and thus requires detailed analysis of vendors, solutions and alternatives. Security and risk management leaders responsible for choosing IAM technology should use this five-step approach to structure the evaluation process and negotiate the best price.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Analysis
    • Buy for Future, Not (Only) Present, Requirements
      • Establish a Formal IAM Program Before You Buy IAM Products or Services (If You Can)
    • Evaluate Distinct Technology Options
      • Suite Versus Best of Breed
      • Open-Source Options
      • Technology Alternatives From Adjacent Areas and Markets
    • Leverage Gartner Research and Interactions to Assist — but Not Substitute for — Your Own Evaluation
      • Critical Capabilities and Magic Quadrants
      • Evaluation Criteria
      • Market Guides
      • Peer Insights
      • Best Practices
      • Cool Vendors
      • Vendor Ratings
    • Evaluate Vendors Using RFIs, RFPs, POCs and Alternative Methods
      • Leverage RFIs or RFPs to Collect Information and Proposals
      • Decide Whether to Test Drive a Solution Yourself or Execute POC With the Vendor
    • Conduct a Competitive Pricing Review and Negotiate the Best Deal
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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