Best Practices When Planning Your Identity and Access Management Projects

Identity and Access Management is a framework geared for business processes to help manage both digital and electronic identities. With IAM technology, it makes it easier for IT managers to control user access to relevant information in their organization.

Identity and Access Management allows system administrators to manage the access to networks or systems based on the roles of different users within the organization.  IAM protects essential data and information.

Planning your IAM project can be complicated, and some challenges need to be addressed to create a fast and efficient project. If you are planning to build an IAM project for your organization, below are a few best practices.

Business Driven

One of the biggest reasons why people fail with their IAM project is that they consider it merely as an IT project. It is essential to take note that this project you are planning to implement has a significant impact on your organization and should never be underestimated.  Even before preparing for the IAM project, you need to provide a foundation to open your business to the digital channel.

Reduce Customizations

Most organizations implement a lot of customization to make their IAM project more unique. Customization often leads to massive expenses which eventually make it difficult to maintain and manage your IAM project.  So, if you are starting your IAM project, use standard workflow and a rich set of APIs as your core platform before thinking about customization.

Consider Different Identity Types

Most organizations plan their IAM project for a particular project, but you have to take note that requirements of the business evolve. It is crucial that your system is capable of handling even unknown conditions on different channels as well as across different sets of users. This makes your IAM project very flexible.

Use Open Standards

Proprietary integration adds one more layer of complexity, which adds cost to the deployment. Using open standards can help you avoid the need to use the expensive, proprietary integrations. It also helps drive direct involvement in many appropriate working groups.

Small and Incremental Successes

Long-running projects that deliver little value are no longer the trend when it comes to agile development. This is also true with Identity and Access Management.  It is crucial that small successes are delivered at incremental stages throughout the life cycle of the project. So, if you are developing access management, focus on integrating apps to achieve the best user experience instead of just the complete version of the app.

Information Governance

It is crucial for the IAM project to be aligned to the information governance strategy of the organization for it to be successful. Part of information governance includes regulatory compliance, continuity planning, and operational security to name a few.

Point Vs. Platform Solutions

IAM projects are complicated and extensive projects, so it is essential to consider which solutions you need. Whether you are deciding to adopt point or platform solutions, several factors will influence your decision including integration and external components.

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