Gartner Research

Best Practices for IAM Reimplementations

Published: 17 April 2017

ID: G00322651

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Many organizations are reimplementing identity and access management. This document provides technical professionals with guidance on best practices and common pitfalls. It includes perspectives on key issues such as the use of IDaaS versus COTS versus open source versus homegrown solutions.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Document Your Current State
  • Create an Architectural Vision
    • Involve the Business Side Early
    • Determine What Users and Things You Need to Enable
    • Define Your Future-State Functions by User Constituency
    • Perform a Gap Analysis
    • Create Your Requirements List
  • Create a Phased Roadmap
    • Determine Priorities Based on Business Opportunities and Risks
    • Identify Foundational IAM Pieces That Require Immediate Attention
    • Identify Interoperable IAM Pieces to Spot Dependencies
    • Align Your Roadmap With Your Organization's Preferred Risk Profile
  • Define Your Architectural Approach
    • Determine Your Make or Buy Approach
    • Define Your High-Level Deployment Approach
    • Check for Opportunities for Consolidation Across User Groups
    • Validate Your Architectural Approach With Your Business Needs
  • Follow-Up: Begin Detailed Planning of Phases

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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