October is the month for candy corn and paper-bagged tricks on front stoops. And the release of Gartner’s IAM planning guide! The 2018 Planning Guide for Identity and Access Management contains four technical planning trends informed by our two principal research endeavors. We derived insights from our 1,000 hours of client interaction over the past year. Also, we researched IaaS, IAM, machine learning and SaaS technologies, including market considerations.
The introduction section explores the widening technology gap between IAM products and the accelerating needs of the business. The planning guide’s “anchor” graphic illustrates the relationships among the topics in the document. Topics with bigger dots have more relationships.
Our challenge was reducing the number of technical planning trends to just four. Each trend has a Planning Considerations section, where we provide guidance for 2018. Here they are:
- Dependencies Among Multiple IAM Providers Will Introduce Availability Challenges
- More Cloud Identities Will Need Access to On-Premises Applications
- Expanded Use of IaaS Will Require Much Stronger IAM Governance
- Analytics Will Help Organizations Keep Up With the Pace of Digital Change
As agenda manager, I am keenly interested in your feedback. If you are a client and have a bit of time, please take a look at the 2018 IAM Planning Guide. Let me know what you think.
A special “thank you” goes to Mary Ruddy! We collaborated on the document together.