Gartner Research

Identity Lifecycle Management

Published: 07 February 2006

ID: G00203182

Analyst(s): Gerry Gebel, Nick Nikols


This Technical Position covers the issues surrounding the lifecycle of a user's identity relationship with an organization--whether the user is an employee, contractor, partner, customer, or supplier. This revision clarifies the elements of the lifecycle process.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Typical Requirements

  • Distributing or Centralizing User Administration Workload
  • Reducing Administration Costs and Improving Efficiency of Account Maintenance
  • User Registration and Identity Proofing
  • User Profiles and Privacy
  • Relying on Outside Identity Services (Federated Identity)


  • Administrative Models
  • Identity Sources
  • Identity Repositories
  • Federated Models
  • Privacy Maintenance

Future Developments

Evaluation Criteria

Statement & Basis for Position

  • Registration Position
    • Identity Registration Position
    • Identity Verification Position
    • Re-Registering Users Position
    • What to Register Position
    • Registering Internal Workforce Users Position
    • Registering Third-Party Partners and Suppliers Position
    • Registering Consumers Position
  • Identity Attribute Maintenance Position
    • Use meta-directory and/or provisioning systems for attribute synchronization.
    • Use centralized administration to update profile attributes.
    • Use delegated administration to update profile attributes, provided that security risks can be covered by appropriate security controls, processes, policies, and legal contracts.
    • Use self-service administration to update profile attributes, provided that security risks can be covered (if necessary) by appropriate security controls, processes, policies, and legal contracts.
  • Identity Termination Position
    • Disable the appropriate accounts as soon as the users leave
    • Remove the identity records from critical repositories and optionally archive the user information in a data warehouse.

Relationship to Other Components

Revision History

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