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The cloud is changing the way in which applications are written. Accelerated market cycles, multi-tenancy, pure cloud solutions and hybrid deployments, Web programmability, and the rise of devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) as well as rich clients as consumption models offer without any doubt new opportunities.
They also present at the same time new challenges for the key services both on-premises and through the (hybrid) cloud that represent the identity management, the provisioning, the role management, and the authentication.
- The Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA) for cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications,
- The desire to better collaborate a la Facebook with the “social” enterprise,
- The need to support and integrate with social networks, which lead to a Bring Your Own Identity (BYOI) trend,
Identity becomes a service where identity “bridges” in the cloud “talk” to on-premise directories or the directories themselves move and/or are located in the cloud (see Gartner report 2013 Planning Guide: Identity and Privacy).
Identity, like compute and storage and networking, is an essential platform service. In the same way that identity played a critical role in the adoption of workgroup computing, identity services will play a critical role as organizations adopt the cloud. Organizations will use cloud services and applications created by ISVs, Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud platforms for (Line of Business (LOB)) custom development, (as well as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud environment for specific workloads to onboard the cloud for IT optimization reasons).
Kim Cameron, Microsoft Chief Identity Architect, is convinced that “organizations will find they need new identity management capabilities to take full advantage of the cloud. They will also find that the most reliable and cost-effect way to obtain these capabilities is through Identity Management as a Service – i.e. using the cloud to master the cloud.
We can therefore predict with certainty that almost all organizations will subscribe to identity services that are cheaper, broader in scope and more capable than the systems of today.
Enterprises will use these services to manage authentication and authorization of internal employees, the supply chain, and customers (including individuals), leads and prospects. Governments will use them when interacting with other government agencies, enterprises and citizens.
Identity Management as a Service will require that we move beyond the models of identity management that have guided our thinking to date. A new service-based model will emerge combining more advanced capabilities with externalization of operations to achieve reduction in risk, effort and cost.”