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Homan Farahmand
Research Director
6 years at Gartner
26 years IT Industry

Homan Farahmand is a Research Director covering digital identity and access management (IAM) within Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) across different identity domains. Read Full Bio

Imagining the forest of World Wide Ledger from the Blockchain Trees

by Homan Farahmand  |  September 24, 2018

At Gartner we have a type of research – “Maverick” – that is designed to spark new, unconventional insights (unconstrained by our typical process) to deliver breakthrough, innovative and disruptive ideas. In our recent Maverick research, we introduce the World Wide Ledger (WWL) concept and its societal impact which can be ground breaking. We draw […]

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Successful Blockchain Adoption May Not Start with a Use case

by Homan Farahmand  |  August 24, 2018

Successful blockchain adoption requires planning for converged business remodeling tasks and technical effort to experiment with the new ideas. If your first reaction to blockchain adoption is to quickly find a use case and start a project, please pause and read this statement: ‘Blockchain solutions lay the foundation for business innovation via digitalization and autonomous […]

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Does Decentralized Identity Need an Identity Neutrality Manifesto

by Homan Farahmand  |  July 12, 2018

If you are not familiar with the decentralized identity, you can start here. The promise of decentralized identity – self-sovereign identity in the case of people identity – is to put people in charge of their identity and personal data. Obviously this is a noble idea and great step forward for identity management. But what […]

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Decentralized Identity Hard Work Begins

by Homan Farahmand  |  February 15, 2018

Gartner introduced the decentralized identity (DID) conceptual architecture in “Blockchain: The Dawn of Decentralized Identity [1],” which was published in September 2016. In a decentralized identity model, users generate and manage their own digital identity without relying on a central repository. More than a year later, design patterns and integration scenarios that instantiate DID architecture and potential disruption angles are […]

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How to Assess a Blockchain Platform?

by Homan Farahmand  |  March 28, 2017

There are a growing number of blockchain platforms that are competing to prove their viability and establish their foothold in this rapidly evolving market. It’s no surprise that this pace of introduction of a new technology can cause some challenges for technical professionals to compare and contrast these platforms. As a result, what constitutes a blockchain […]

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Robotic Process Automation Knocking on IAM Door!

by Homan Farahmand  |  February 3, 2017

Manual and tedious identity governance and administration tasks can bring chills to many IT leaders when it comes to planning resources in a budget cycle. It is almost an accepted fact that we can’t do anything about it…IGA (Identity Governance and Administration) tools can help us to some degree by automating some of these steps […]

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Testing Your IAM Planning Decisions Needs a Robust Risk Model

by Homan Farahmand  |  April 27, 2016

IAM planners/architects can greatly benefit from predicting the impact of a prioritization decision on operational risk, before making the actual decision. Why? Because testing an IAM planning decision in a production environment is not cheap. Our review of more than 50 large IAM deployments between 2009 and 2015 found many suboptimal deployments of IAM solutions […]

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Chasing the Long Tail of Fine-grained Authorization

by Homan Farahmand  |  February 9, 2016

Coarse-grained and fine-grained authorization are similar to classic and quantum physics in many ways. One studies the larger objects and the other deals with subatomic particles. With what scientists know today, you can imagine how difficult it would be if you tried studying subatomic particles’ properties while applying the classical physics theories. When dealing with […]

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When IAM Meets (the Idea Of) Blockchain!

by Homan Farahmand  |  January 24, 2016

It seems the technology market has an emerging champion, Blockchain! Every day we hear how Blockchain can change the world. What most interest me is how Blockchain may affect the realm of Identity and Access Management. Many IAM architects may have a similar question while sifting through the available information. But this can be a […]

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