Not only is technology evolving, it's also expanding. There are few reliable estimates of the number of interconnections among people and things, but the "Internet of people and things" is clearly approaching the complexity of the human brain, which has tens of billions of neurons and a hundred billion synapses. The need to manage the identities of people and things, and the relationships between them, will drive CIOs, chief information security officers (CISOs) and digital risk officers (DROs) to foster unified identity and access management (IAM) programs within their organizations.
By 2020, industry analyst Gartner predicts IAM will span billions of people, tens of billions of things, and hundreds of trillions of relationships. Because the scale and complexity of IAM in the digital enterprise is so massive, it demands a simpler, more modular, and scalable approach. For today's organizations, this means current IAM leadership styles and configurations are about to become obsolete.
In its latest report, "Innovate Your IAM Program to Propel Digital Business," Gartner recommends IAM leaders extend IAM to customers, partners and other external constituencies. This new Gartner report sheds light on current and future IAM requirements for the digital enterprise to help CIOs, CISOs, and DROs evaluate their current IAM program.
New business requirements and the need to propel digital business will drive IAM leaders to reinvent themselves and their teams. Gartner research identifies the major impacts of digital business and sets out these recommendations for IAM leaders:
Simplify. Find an IAM approach that's scalable, agile and simple with minimal patterns and technical components.
Make a plan. Map out a transition to a unified IAM program across all parts of your organization, including your employees, partners and customers.
Lead. Embrace an "innovator" leadership style to stay relevant in the digital business era.
Adapt to change. Plan for changes in your team's skills, staffing and structure to properly enable bimodal IAM--balancing traditional guardian and operator roles with new agile, innovator roles.
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