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Are You Ready to Scale? A Platform Approach to Identity Management

Forces such as cloud computing and mobility have created an explosive growth in the number of ways the corporate workforce connects to and accesses corporate information. That growth has spawned a new way of thinking about scale, particularly in terms of identity management.

“A lot of times, people just think of processing power when they think of scale, but with identity management, scale is also about how to cope with the number of users and connections that need to be there for an internet-scale connection,” says Michael Neuenschwander, who recently joined the Oracle Identity Management team as senior director of product management. “We’ve seen clients with tens of millions of users and thousands of partners, resulting in millions of entitlement combinations across a multitude of systems. A piecemeal approach to identity management just will not hold up.”

Instead, companies must approach the issue of identity management scale with a well-thought-out roadmap that provides a platform approach to identity management. This requires an integrated set of complementary solutions as well as a rationalized architecture that enables incremental adoption—while also providing strong interoperability to reduce total cost of ownership.

Neuenschwander says that an integrated platform from a single vendor offers many benefits, including
  • Agility. Adaptive systems, which provide a consistent level of security and policy across the organization, are able to quickly react to change. For example, platformwide Web access control creates resilience for Web applications because a central policy can be enforced across any number of Web containers, and an organization can quickly change the policy to adjust to a change at a peripheral end point. “As a common identity platform is deployed across departments, there is uniform visibility and complete auditability and preventive or remediation actions are automatically triggered. For example, when an identity analytics engine detects a Separation of Duties (SoD) violation due to conflicting roles assignment, with a platform solution, the provisioning solution automatically triggers a workflow to resolve the conflict. The resulting action is captured and archived by the analytics engine for audit purposes, thereby bolstering an organization’s security, compliance, and adaptability,” Neuenschwander points out.
  • Economies of scale. A platform approach creates synergies that offer value greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, in a recent study by Aberdeen of 160 organizations, those that took a platform approach to controls management saved 48 percent in costs, achieved 46 percent more responsiveness, and had 35 percent fewer audit deficiencies when compared to organizations that adopted point solutions.
Oracle is the only identity management provider in the industry today to have successfully executed an identity platform vision. Oracle’s identity platform approach is built on a standards-based, modular architecture with each product delivering proven, best-in-class capabilities and performance. All components of the Oracle identity platform are tested for extreme scalability and reliability, supporting millions to hundreds millions of users. And an existing strong customer base ensures that all customers benefit from continued research and development, support, and roadmap investments.

Want to dig deeper? Catch Michael Neuenschwander’s video interview where he discusses the merits of the platform approach and Oracle’s platform strategy. Or register for the upcoming Webcast “Toyota: Putting Customers First: Identity Platform as a Business Enabler” on Wednesday, May 30, at 10 a.m. PT. You can also get more information on Oracle Identity Management solutions.

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