Gartner Research

The Evolving Architecture of Modern Identity

Published: 23 February 2017

ID: G00322471

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


The world of digital business is placing increasing demands on identity and access management infrastructure. Technical professionals need to evolve old architectural control points to a newer set of best practices for modern identity architecture that is much more intelligent and agile.

Table Of Contents


  • Business Drivers of Modern Identity
  • Agile IAM
  • Architectural Elements of Modern Identity
    • Admin-Time Functions
    • Runtime Functions
    • Analytics Functions
  • Evolving Architectural Design Principles
    • Access Control Point
    • Location of IAM Software
    • Administrators
    • IDPs
    • Implementation Approach
  • Modern Authentication Involves a Network of Functions
  • Closing the Loop
  • IAM as an Intelligent System


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