Gartner Research

Best Practices in User ID Formation

Published: 11 June 2007

ID: G00147573

Analyst(s): Ant Allan

Summary

Organizations that have the opportunity to introduce a new global user-naming convention should follow these best practices to maximize the benefits.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Creating a Good User ID
  • Name-Based User IDs
    • Name-Based User ID Strengths
    • Name-Based User ID Limitations
  • International Considerations
  • Arbitrary User IDs
    • Arbitrary User ID Strengths
    • Arbitrary User ID Limitations
  • Structured User IDs
    • Structured User ID Strengths
    • Structured User ID Limitations
  • Hybrid User IDs
    • Hybrid User ID Strengths/Limitations
  • Special Considerations for Administrator Accounts and Shared Accounts
  • Special Considerations for External Users

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