Published: 09 July 2012
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.
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