Gartner Research

Q&A: IAM Team Structure and Placement Within the IT Organization

Published: 12 June 2009

ID: G00168839

Analyst(s): Perry Carpenter, Earl Perkins , Ray Wagner


We often receive inquiries from clients wishing to know if there is a best practice or standard regarding identity and access management team formation and positioning within the IT department. We list the most frequent IAM organizational questions and provide our observations and recommendations.

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  • We are about to begin an IAM program/project. What should the team look like?
  • Where should the team fit within the overall organizational structure? What are the different models that Gartner usually sees?
  • What are the applicable skill/responsibility sets?
  • Does the team structure evolve over time (that is, after IAM is in production)?
  • What specific factors (that is, drivers, industry verticals, corporate culture and so on) usually influence team structure or placement?
  • Are there any other trends?

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