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By Shawn Keve

Navigating the fragmented identity and access management landscape.

Identity and access management (IAM) tools have become increasingly fragmented, complex and unwieldy. While customers hoped vendors would create integrated product suites to simplify their work, little has changed. IAM tools are still narrowly focused, with separate products that need to be painstakingly integrated, managed and supported by IT teams. 

Cloud to the rescue?

The promise of identity as a Service (IDaaS) was to have fully managed, secure, cloud-based identity and access solutions that would automate and integrate into diverse enterprise applications. Unfortunately, cloud ID service providers have taken the same approach as on-premise vendors, with narrow services and limited use cases. This means enterprise IT departments still have to integrate, manage and support multiple independently deployed and loosely coupled IAM tools and services across many locations. It also means the end-user is often saddled with a complicated, cumbersome experience and the enterprise’s view of risk is no clearer than before. Because of this short-sighted approach, the opportunity for the cloud to alleviate fragmented and complex IAM offerings has only led to an exacerbation of the problem. 

Whenever there is complexity, there is a greater risk

Customers face increased risks and challenges when integrating disparate IAM tools into their mix of legacy applications, in-house developed applications, cloud apps, infrastructure and directory services. Business now moves at cloud speed. And it’s becoming impractical to expect companies to internally manage the lifecycle of these highly complex heterogeneous environments, and automate access governance to protect against threats from inside and outside the organization. 

Companies must develop more sophisticated architectures and additional in-house capabilities. They need expertise in planning, integrating, and supporting a fragmented assembly of IAM tools into their diverse applications. They must develop new processes to support separate IAM technologies. And they need to hire and train people with the proper technical skills,  deep knowledge in security, governance, and compliance.

Or they can work with a third-party cloud provider that offers comprehensive, fully managed identity services. An IDaaS that is different from the cloud services I described above. One that is capable of maximizing a comprehensive set of aggregated solutions, and cohesively integrating and managing everything from within a single interface. For the foreseeable future, companies won’t move all of their applications and services to the cloud. Therefore, IDaaS needs to support a hybrid environment that protects applications on-premise and in the cloud. It also needs to support all users, including internal employees, contractors, IT administrators, and external consumers, IoT devices, and supply chain partners. 

Rather than following in the footsteps of other vendors and cloud services with narrow, separate tool-centric IAM approaches that leave customers to fend for themselves, Simeio departs from the crowd with a different approach. By taking the lead in providing a comprehensive, customer-centric IDaaS approach, we support legacy applications, in-house developed applications, cloud, SaaS and hybrid apps, and diverse directory services, with everything integrated and easily managed within a single pane of glass. We are further differentiated, with our results-based service that uses KPIs and SLAs to provide visible, tangible and proven results and cost savings, while lowering technology and security risks.

Be on the lookout for our future blog posts on managing risk associated with disparate IAM platforms, institutionalizing guidelines (e.g. architectural review processes), shadow IT, and more.