Gartner Research

2016 Planning Guide for Identity and Access Management

Published: 02 October 2015

ID: G00281290

Analyst(s): Trent Henry, Mary Ruddy , Mark Diodati , Lori Robinson , Phil Schacter , Homan Farahmand , Anne Elizabeth Robins


Identity and access management is modernizing by embracing "Three Bs": business-centric solutions, bimodal architecture and behavioral-analytic approaches. These themes affect identity plans for cloud, the Internet of Things and security in a fast-paced and risky digital business world.

Table Of Contents

Identity and Access Management Trends

  • IGA Will Embrace Cloud, Analytics and Privileged Users
    • Planning Considerations
  • Identities and Identity Services Will Increasingly Originate in the Cloud
    • Planning Considerations
  • Mobility and SaaS Will Drive Integration of Modern Identity Protocols and APIs
    • Planning Considerations
  • Authentication Will Continue to Gravitate Toward Federated and Adaptive Systems
    • Planning Considerations
  • Mobile Devices Will Become a Core Part of Identity
    • Planning Considerations
  • IoT Will Demand Stronger Identity Capabilities for Safety and Business Value
    • Planning Considerations

Setting Priorities

  • Meet Increasing IAM Needs by Coordinating More Closely With Business Units and Security Teams, and by Leveraging Third-Party Identity Services
  • Select IAM Products and Services That Support More Intelligent Operations
  • Aggressively Eliminate Practices That Thwart Agility
  • Emphasize IAM Projects That Will Improve User Experience
  • Quantify Risk Related to IAM Projects in Order to Be More Business-Centric in Architecture and Program Choices

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