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Perspectives on IAM and the Digital Ecosystem

Published: 07 August 2017

ID: G00331258

Analyst(s): Ant Allan , Felix Gaehtgens , Kevin Kampman


Participation in digital ecosystems creates new key imperatives for CIOs that will have significant ramifications for IAM programs. Security and risk management leaders responsible for IAM must seek agile responses in technology, organization and leadership.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • As CIOs extend their technology core to be digital-ecosystem-ready, security and risk management leaders responsible for IAM ("IAM leaders") must prioritize certain technology investments to ensure that IAM forms an integral part of that core and prepare to experiment with emerging technologies
    • Prioritize Technology Investments
    • Prepare to Experiment With Emerging Technologies
  • As CIOs create a digital-ecosystem-ready organization, IAM leaders must build their own bench strength to support bimodal innovation and prepare to exploit external resources
    • Extend Resource Pools Outside of the Organization
  • As CIOs master digital-ecosystem-ready leadership, IAM leaders must share CIOs' tight focus on growth and digitalization, be willing to engage in digital initiatives, and properly balance cost and value targets
    • Recognize Business Expectations and Associated IAM Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Understand and Establish Ongoing Relationships With Digital Business Leadership
    • Emphasize the Broad-Spectrum Value of IAM
    • Reinvent Yourself and Your Teams
    • Balance Cost and Value Targets

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