When it comes to unifying identities, stop burdening the Active Directory
Hybrid IT is fueling the digitization agenda by aligning strategic requirements of IT function, while transforming IT architectures and supported roles. As some apps are linked on-premise and some to cloud, it is crucial to ensure that identity and access related dynamism falls in line with required considerations.
An important and perhaps the most ignored aspect of hybrid IAM is unification of identities from multiple identity sources (target systems). It is a challenge, because capturing multiple credentials of a user and setting them up to merge in the system can be complex.
This impacts identity flow into the IT system and achieving an ideal scenario of one user-one login becomes a far cry. To ensure scalability for any integration, IT folks have to work towards negating creation of duplicate entries in identity management system. In existing setup, this takes a lot of manual effort and does not assure that the system will be fool-proof.
Furthermore, target sources are burdened to supply identity related information while providing access to applications. Such an approach necessitates the target sources to link identities with diverse and unrelated information, impacting system efficiency and IT workflows.
In many cases target sources are not the true identity sources and pulling identity information from an untrue identity source results in additional maintenance challenges. There is a structural complexity in hybrid environment as flow of identities from multiple setup and their interaction with each indigenous IAM setup, including users and their access criteria, is not strategized for self-sufficiency. Any conflicting or overlapping identities have to be flagged to the system admin, ensuring that identity information is unified in true sense.
Amidst workflows and identity considerations, IT teams are deputed to ensure operational efficiency and reduced complexity. They are often busy consolidating workloads, juggling with concerns regarding user life cycle management, IT security, corporate governance, system performance, migration, upgrades and integrations.
The struggle is further accentuated as users navigate between disparate systems, to bring identity consistency and manage admin dashboards of multiple applications. All this is to be done while ensuring that none of the systems or tools are going out of operations. The most complex task is to get identities to unify from multiple target sources such as Active Directory(ies), Office 365, PeopleSoft, etc.
To enterprise apps, tools and IAM platform(s). It becomes a challenge and results in creation of duplicate identities in the enterprise identity management system. Identity unification could be achieved even without
Active Directory bridges. System integrators use customizations to enable secured and real-time bi-directional transition of identities. A secure system kills the complexity and acts as a transient path for identities to interact with each other, in addition to flagging any conflicting or overlapping identities.
As businesses are increasingly seen to be moving towards cloud-based platforms, not much thought is given to ease of integration with existing on-premise applications and/or IAM setup. Hybrid integration solutions are also becoming an essential tool for organizations that are considering to combine on-premise apps and cloud-based apps.
Solving integration challenges and ensuring effective automation of IAM capabilities in hybrid environments is the way ahead. Going forward, it is crucial for businesses to optimize IT capabilities and put a mechanism to bring together hybrid IAM platforms. Identity management systems that are supported by tools, such as Identity Bridge by Avancer Corporation, facilitate operational requirements, supplement remote access and create mobile synchronized workflows.
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