5 Key Takeaways from the Gartner IAM Summit 2012

December 11th, 2012   /     /   Smarter Identity

For some of us, this was our first Gartner IAM Summit. Here are five things we picked up from the educational sessions, networking events, and from conversations held at the OneLogin booth.

1. Gartner Analysts Have a Sense of Humor, Really

Here’s a few classic one liners we heard during the sessions…

“Passwords are like the deck chairs on the titanic.” - Gregg Kreizman

“You immediately gouge out your eyes when you turn off your logs.” - Earl Perkins

“Hi, I’m ___________ and I have an SSO problem.” - Gregg Kreizman

2. You Should Apply Classic Data Management Approaches to the Field of Identity Management

Master Data Management for identity as well as creating an Identity Model (something akin to enterprise data modeling) in advance of a technology purchase or rollout makes a lot of sense. You also need to find the right balance between analysis and applying an Agile methodology to IAM (something that was also recommended during the sessions). Of course, one of the benefits of the cloud is being able to try new things and then iterate quickly.

3. IAM has a huge role to play in the Nexus of Forces—Social, Mobile, Information (“Big Context”), and Cloud

People (and hence identities) are the driver. So, the nexus of forces supports and reflects how people want to interact with each other and information. What does IAM do for the Nexus of Forces?

  • Ensures trust for Social
  • Abstracts access for Mobile (provides a common way to access services across environments)
  • Provides context to Information (identity index for information => render better business decisions)
  • Enable choice for Cloud

4. The difference between Web Access Management products and IDaaS

The only difference according to Gartner is the delivery model. Web Access Management products have been around since the 1990s. There is no functionality difference between the WAM and IDaaS vendor categories except that IDaaS is an entirely cloud-based service. I guess this makes sense. After all, should Siebel be in the same category as Salesforce.com?

5. By the end of 2014, 1 out of 4 of all new IAM sales will be IDaaS vs. 5% today

I personally think this number is low. Why? Because enterprise identity management has previously only been available to the largest companies. The elastic nature of IDaaS opens up a whole new market.

How about you? What were some of your biggest takeaways from the Gartner IAM Summit? Please let everyone know in the comments section below…

About the Author

Elias Terman is a seasoned product and marketing leader with over 20 years of technology marketing experience including IT Security, enterprise software, and SaaS startups in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to OneLogin, he ran product marketing for SnapLogic, where he helped establish them as the leading independent cloud integration vendor. At OneLogin, He is responsible for product and partner marketing, as well as press and analyst relations.

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