Identity and access as a service to witness robust growth

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 22, 2013


Identity and Access as a Service (IDaaS) is gaining traction and is poised for a strong growth in the coming years with a growing number of enterprises showing a willingness to adopt this technology. According to a recent Gartner report, IDaaS will account for 25 per cent of all new identity and access management sales, compared with 5 per cent in 2012 by the end of 2015.

Gartner defines IDaaS as service is one that delivers the access, administration and intelligence functions of identity and access management. At the end of 2012, the market was $180 million. By the end of 2013, Gartner analysts predict that number is expected to jump to $265 million.

According to Gartner, the small and medium-sized companies are the key drivers of growth. They are extending their current IAM architectures and offering access to SaaS services or internal Web-apps. At the same time, larger companies are looking to support both cloud and on-premises applications with IDaaS offerings.

The growth in 2012 and thereafter suggests that there has been an acceleration in the adoption of IDaaS, said Gregg Kreizman, Research VP at Gartner and author of the report. “This coming year is where we will see more implementation emerging from organizations,” he says.

However, Kreizman also warns that while some organizations will reap benefits of this service, others might not live up to expectations. That’s because IDaaS is new to a lot of enterprises and they need a greater insights into the market and trends. For example, most companies have to currently install IAM to SaaS applications.

The growth in 2012 suggests that there has been an acceleration in the adoption of IDaaS and the current year is where we will see more implementation emerging from organizations.
-Gregg Kreizman, Research VP at Gartner

Moreover, there is also the question of standards. “Really the enterprise buyer does not care so much about standards. But architects understand that having a standard helps ease adoption of SaaS business services,” says Kreizman. He believes that enterprises will be at an advantage if they understand integration challenges when standard support is not available. The report showed that current standards such as OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect are generating interest among enterprise architects contemplating cloud and mobile additions to their identity strategy.

Kreizman suggests that before going for deployment, enterprises should determine if support for Web-architected or legacy-architected on-premises applications is needed, and whether basic IAM function delivery will suffice. They should also see that IDaaS vendors can appropriately address vendor viability, privacy and security concerns.

Kreizman says  it takes careful planning to select the right kinds of identity services to suit your business needs. Some enterprises may just find what they have installed is adequate for now or that IDaaS conflicts with some of their security and privacy requirements.

In order to ensure a successful IDaaS deployment, enterprises should stress their SaaS providers to develop standard, secure APIs for authentication, federation, administration and intelligence. Make secure standard API availability part of your SaaS buying decisions, he concludes.