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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

Implementing Decentralized Processes as Protocols

by Homan Farahmand  |  May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique event that put the emergency response system of all counties to the test. These systems include public safety, healthcare, supply chain management, and many more processes which operate within an ecosystem of loosely connected organizations. Our technical term for these type of multi-party processes is “decentralized processes”. As the […]

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Enabling Safe Worker Certificate with Decentralized Identity

by Homan Farahmand  |  April 6, 2020

As the world accelerates with COVID-19 pandemic mitigation, countries are looking for strategies to safely restart their economies. Most ideas for rebooting the economy depend on immunity assurance by providing people with a safe worker certificate. The hypothesis is that safe worker certificate can provide verifiable assurance for people to return to work and participate […]

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Facebook Libra Blockchain Making Crypto Politics Waves in Emerging WWL

by Homan Farahmand  |  June 23, 2019

Facebook Libra blockchain announcement is a notable example of two key concepts we introduced last year in “Maverick* Research: Crypto-Politics and ‘World Wide Ledger’ Will Rock Your Business Competition [1]”: crypto-politics and decentralized business units. In the Maverick research report, we also introduced the World Wide Ledger (WWL) concept and its societal impact. We drew parallels to […]

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Assessing Blockchain Platforms

by Homan Farahmand  |  April 11, 2019

What constitutes a blockchain platform, its design goals, and how that should be assessed have been a source of passionate debate among experts. This can be confusing for technical professionals who must evaluate these platforms for real projects. In the absence of a reference functional framework or asking the right questions, it is hard to […]

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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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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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