Gartner Research

Use Master Data Management Principles for Identity Management in the Internet of Things

Published: 02 February 2017

ID: G00297960

Analyst(s): Earl Perkins


Current systems of creating, maintaining and operating identities aren't adequate for future systems supporting digital business. Security and risk management leaders require a meta-identity approach using MDM principles in architecture and design to manage complex identity issues in IoT systems.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Multiple systems that create and manage identities in IoT-rich digital business initiatives contribute to complexity, requiring SRM leaders to take a simpler approach to entity identity management
  • Expanded sourcing and procurement (including supply chain) management, growing use of cloud services, and complex security and risk requirements will drive SRM leaders to consider MDM principles
  • Continuously changing identities in digital ecosystems will require SRM leaders to adopt a life cycle approach to manage them over time

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