Gartner Research

Identity Management

Published: 09 July 2012

ID: G00234483

Analyst(s): Bob Blakley, Ian Glazer


Identity management (IdM) has become a distinct aggregation of functions for the maintenance and use of digital names, credentials, and attributes for people, devices, and applications. Change and consolidation in the industry heighten the need for a logical architecture for developing and evaluating IdM solutions. This document is the root template for the Reference Architecture. It incorporates a revised template graphic to illustrate the interaction of users; objects or resources they seek to use; access gateways, authentication, and policy enforcement services; federated domains; identity administration, policy administration, and provisioning; and identity data services. *The secondary authors listed above have been included for attribution purposes only. They were the original authors of this content, but were not involved in the latest update. As they are no longer employed at Gartner, please contact the lead author if you have questions.

Table Of Contents

Template Applicability

Template Map

Template Diagram

Template Description

  • Access Policy Enforcement
  • User Management Templates
  • Identity Data Services Templates
  • Common Concepts and Terms
    • Subjects
    • Access Gateways
    • Federation
    • Objects
    • Management and Audit

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