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Businesses move at Mach speed these days.
If you're leading the charge with IT initiatives to help make it all happen, you're probably considering how your IT infrastructure can enable secure access to Web, mobile and application program interfaces (APIs). With all the noise coming at you from identity and access management (IAM) providers, it can be confusing to know which solution is best.
And given the recent Heartbleed issue, now is the time to evaluate your identity and access management options. We recently posted a bulletin about the Heartbleed bug. Bottom line - it did not impact Ping Identity solutions.
To ease the research burden, take a strategic approach by asking for and cross-comparing important facts about each provider. To get you started, here are five important questions to ask your IAM provider.
1. Does your provider offer deployment for both on-premises and cloud-based applications?
Workforce apps can typically reside both on-premises as well as in the cloud. Some identity management solutions support one, but not the other and aren't flexible enough to manage identities across both cloud and on-premises applications.
2. Does your provider support medium- or coarse-grained authorization for APIs and endpoints?
With increased focus on APIs as a way to integrate effectively with partners and other vendor apps, you will find that being able to have differing levels of authorizations is required.
3. Can your provider implement the solution within days or weeks?
Modern IAM solutions can be implemented cost-effectively within days. If the IAM provider requires a high level of effort for implementation and upgrade cycle, you may be choosing an outdated technology.
4. Has your provider been focused on IAM for multiple years? How long have they been in business?
Knowing this information will help you avoid the risk that your chosen IAM provider may switch their focus, expertise and solution-set in the future.
5. Has your provider been named as a leader in any analyst reports such as Forrester®, Gartner® or IDC®within the last 12 months?
Ask your provider to give you information about where they stand with analysts. If the reference is more than two years old, it may not be very relevant for current market conditions.