Gartner Research

The Emerging Architecture of Modern Identity

Published: 04 August 2015

ID: G00272486

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


The distributed world of digital business is putting more demands on identity and access management infrastructure. Old architectural control points are evolving to a new and emerging set of best practices for modern identity architecture that is bimodal and more agile.

Table Of Contents



  • Business Drivers of Modern Identity
  • Bimodal IAM
  • Architectural Elements of Modern Identity
  • Emerging Architectural Design Principles
  • Modern Authentication Involves a Network of Functions
  • Closing the Loop


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