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How to Develop an Identity Management Architecture Using Gartner 's Reference Architecture

Published: 18 January 2006

ID: G00204072

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


In this Methodologies and Best Practices (MBP) document, Burton Group Research Director Daniel Blum and Senior Consultant Randall Gamby describe a high-level methodology for developing identity management (IdM) architecture Principles, Technical Positions, and Templates. This MBP document explains the components of Burton Group's IdM Reference Architecture, and it provides insight into each phase of architecture development to identify prerequisites for proceeding, and the roles of technical and management teams involved.

Table Of Contents


  • Document Purpose
  • What Is Architecture?
    • Architecture vs. Design
  • The Need for Architecture
  • Architecture Benefits
  • Architecture Time Frame
  • Architecture Development Process Goals

Architecture Components

  • Principles
    • Principles Framework
    • Principles Construction
  • Technical Positions
  • Templates

Architecture Development Process

  • A. Define the Business Case
  • B. Assemble the Teams
  • C. Establish a Current IdM Architecture Baseline
  • D. Determine Business Requirements and Drivers for the Architecture
    • Business Requirements
    • High-Level Technical Requirements
  • E. Perform Gap Analysis
  • F. Develop a Target IdM Architecture
    • Principles
    • Technical Positions
    • Templates
  • G. Develop a Migration Strategy
  • H. Establish an Architectural Review Process


Appendix A: Sample Team Structure for Making IdM Architecture Decisions

Appendix B: IdM Principles Survey

  • Management Principles
  • Vendor Principles
  • User Principles

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