Gartner Research

Identity Life Cycle Management

Published: 17 January 2011

ID: G00206784

Analyst(s): Bob Blakley


How should an organization identify internal and external users and manage the life cycle relationship between organizations and users?

Table Of Contents

Decision Context

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Proof Identities and Create User Accounts
    • Reduce Administrative Costs
    • Reduce Identity Risks
    • Support Authoritative Identity Sources
    • Exchange Identity Information with Third Parties
    • Protect User Privacy
    • Meet Regulatory Requirements
  • Principles


  • Identification vs. Unidentified Access
  • Centralized vs. Decentralized IdM
  • On-Premises vs. Third-Party IdM
  • Identity for Personalization vs. Identity for Security
  • Low Assurance vs. High Assurance
  • Episodic vs. Persistent Identity

Future Developments

  • Separating Identity Production from Identity Consumption
  • Outsourcing IdM
  • Identity Assurance Frameworks
  • Separating Identity Administration from Fulfillment

Decision Tool

  • Decision Filter
    • Identity Registration Position
    • Identity Assurance Position
    • Identity Reestablishment Position

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Revision History

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