Web access management (WAM) is a form of access management that authorizes users for web applications. Prevalent in the 1990s and 2000s as web applications became more mainstream, WAM solutions provided enterprises much needed control to ensure that the appropriate users had access to the right web-based applications. However, with the rise of APIs, mobile and cloud-based applications, WAM solutions are becoming less able to handle modern enterprise business demands.
Migration from legacy web access management to modern identity and access management (IAM) solutions solves the problems associated with products at the end of their lifecycle. IAM reduces costs, increases security and performance, improves flexibility and scalability, and provides a better, more reliable user experience. Let’s review the history of WAM and why transitioning to a modern IAM solution is important.