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Michael Neuenschwander
Taking a Platform Approach to Identity Management

In the age of cloud and mobile technologies—and high-profile security breaches—identity management is playing an increasingly central role, even as a comprehensive platform approach is quickly overtaking the traditional point-solution strategy.

Defining the Identity Management Platform
A platform approach to identity management 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.

“By combining point solutions into an integrated platform from a single vendor, the solutions become self-reinforcing, resilient, and adaptable to change,” says Michael Neuenschwander, who recently joined the Oracle Identity Management team as senior director of product management.

Before joining Oracle, Neuenschwander consulted with large organizations as part of Accenture’s Security Advisory group. Neuenschwander also served as vice president and research director in the Burton Group’s Identity and Privacy Strategies Services (now part of Gartner).

A recent report from Aberdeen Group reveals the clear benefits of the platform approach. Based on a survey of 160 organizations across industries and around the globe, the report concludes that organizations that take a platform approach save up to 48 percent, have 35 percent fewer audit deficiencies, and are 46 percent more responsive to access control changes, compared to organizations that adopted point solutions.

Oracle's Platform Approach
With Oracle's platform approach, organizations can choose the component that addresses their immediate need, and later select other components as their identity management needs change—while still benefiting from having a single vendor to support the integrated infrastructure.

For example, if an organization's biggest challenge is audit compliance, the best place to start is Oracle Identity Analytics. If onboarding and offboarding becomes a challenge, the organization can then adopt Oracle Identity Manager. Using them together provides value that is greater than the sum of its parts, and enables any issues found during access reviews to be quickly and confidently corrected.

"Regardless of which solution you choose first, the roles, users, and workflows across both products will be shared, which dramatically simplifies deployment and solution support," says Neuenschwander. "And by leveraging a single vendor platform, organizations can also achieve lower licensing cost and lower cost of maintenance," adds Neuenschwander.

You can hear Michael Neuenschwander discuss the merits of the platform approach in an on-demand interview.

And don’t miss the on-demand IOUG Webcast in which Neuenschwander discusses the evolution of identity management and the significance of uptake of the platform approach.

Industry-Leading Companies Taking a Platform Approach
Oracle has launched a new series of Webcasts featuring customers that have successfully adopted a platform approach. The five-part series includes
  • SaskTel: Build a Secure Cloud with Oracle Identity Management
    Available on demand
  • Agilent: Best Practices, Getting Started with an Identity Platform
    Available on demand
  • Cisco: Cisco's Platform Approach to Identity Management
    Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • ING: Scaling Role Management and Access Certification to Thousands of Applications
    Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Toyota: Putting Customers First: Identity Platform as a Business Enabler
    Wednesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. PT
In addition, Aberdeen Group is hosting a series of live events across the globe to discuss their study findings. Register today to find out how to utilize this information to build the business case for a platform approach, as well as how to create a comprehensive identity management roadmap.


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