In the last few weeks, you've probably been planning for the coming year. In the midst of the numbers, the projections and the goals, it can be easy to get locked into the details of what we expect to happen, or need to make happen, in the next twelve months. While the focused view is important, it's also valuable to keep the bigger picture in sight, especially in the tech world where everything moves lightning fast. Sharing our predictions for the next year gives us a much needed break from the nitty-gritty of planning, and it helps guide our focus and efforts so we can avoid the dreaded mode of reaction instead of proaction.
Last week, we hosted our 2017 IAM Predictions Tweet Jam, the first of what will be many #identitychats events. IAM experts ignited Twitter by tweeting and retweeting insightful, and often funny, thoughts about what the future of IAM holds. The conversation even continued long after the event ended. In case you missed it, or you want to relive it, here are a few highlights for each question we asked:
Q1: What will be biggest identity data management challenge as the number of apps, channels and IoT grows? Participants pointed to the need for behavior change, both among identity practitioners and users. The key prediction is that IAM will continue to become part of strategic business initiatives.
Q2: What impact will the rapid proliferation of sensors have on employee productivity? Customer engagement? Security? This question elicited concern over the potential for sensors to violate privacy. Participants called for more consent management. They also talked about the need to expand our knowledge of possible use cases and to gauge sensors' relevancy. On the positive side, we talked about sensors' ability to enable frictionless authentication by collecting more data points.
Q3: What IAM standards will emerge as significant players in 2017? Across the board, participants shared their hopes that many important standards would gain traction in the coming year. Acceptance of the OAuth family of standards is expected to grow while many are looking forward to the adoption of hashgraph to improve logout processes.
Q4: How will the shift to the cloud impact security practices? The shift to the cloud is expected to take longer and hybrid environments will continue to be the norm for some time to come. Not surprisingly security was central to this discussion. The threat of breach is slowing the move to the cloud, and only the companies with the strongest security postures will dominate in the cloud.
Q5: Do you see the role of IAM expanding in the coming year? If so, how? The answer to this question was unanimously "yes." Some mentioned that IAM's growing role was already underway, and pointed to their involvement in initiatives like app development, multi-device proliferation, customer-facing identity management, supply chain operations and enforcing privacy controls. One prediction is that customer identity management will dwarf employee-centric identity management in terms of its impact on top-line growth.
Q6: How will users be authenticating 20 years from now? This question inspired the funniest answers. One theory based on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century posited that we will be voice printed at birth. Others claim that holograms, brain waves, DNA and even scent will become authentication factors.
All joking aside, the conversation shed light on incredible changes happening in the industry. Only time will tell whether or not our predictions are right, but one thing we know for certain is there will continue to be plenty to talk about.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first #identitychats Tweet Jam. We're putting together other engaging topics and will host more online events in 2017. Watch your Twitter feed and the Ping Identity blog for the invitation to the next one.
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