Gartner Expert

Homan Farahmand

VP Analyst

Homan Farahmand is an analyst and advisor within Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) covering identity and access management (IAM) modernization and next generation internet technologies, including blockchain and decentralized web.

Previous experience

Prior to his current role at Gartner, Mr. Farahmand led the Gartner Identity and Access Management consulting practice globally as well as the Security and Risk Management consulting practice in the financial services industry. He has worked in multiple commercial industries and public-sector organizations across North America, Europe and Japan. His IAM engagements during the last decade have spanned strategy and roadmap development, current architecture assessment, future architecture development, governance and organization development, risk and control management, technology and vendor evaluation, implementation oversight, and benchmarking and sourcing.

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Farahmand held consulting and leadership positions at Burton Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Meta Group and GE Capital IT solutions. Prior to that, he was involved in hands-on application development and system engineering.

Professional background

Burton Group

Principal Consultant

Meta Group

Vice President, Strategic Solutions

GE Capital IT Solutions

Enterprise Planning and Strategy Consultant

Areas of coverage

Identity and Access Management for Technical Professionals

Education

Currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity at Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran

Certificate of Engineering Law and Liability, and Certificate of Financial Management, University of Toronto

Advanced Technical Expert certificate from IBM, Independent Consultant Certificate from SAP, a Six Sigma certificate from GE, and an ITIL Foundation certificate

Holds multiple other certificates from HP, Sun and Digital, with a focus on system resiliency

Java Programming certificate, Harvard University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) including access request, workflow, roles, entitlements, policy, certification, analytics, cloud, ML/AI

2Authorization including policy management and orchestration, RBAC, ABAC, PBAC, NGAC, OPA, IDQL, XACML, and enterprise policy management

3Blockchain (e.g., Ethereum, Hyperledger, Algorand, Polkdot, Cosmos, Avalanch, Solana), decentralized web, decentralized identity (SSI), consensus protocols, tokenization, NFT, and interoperability

4Privileged access management (PAM), secrets management, and cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM)

5Identity and Access Management (IAM) program and organization including governance, metrics, key risk indicators