Hitachi ID Systems offers a series of reference implementations of Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite, branded as Hitachi ID Identity Express to its customers and partners.
The objective of a reference implementation is to minimize the time, cost and risk associated with IAM system deployment. Instead of spending months with consultants to document existing processes, adjust them and then implement automation on a "clean slate" system, Hitachi ID Systems recommends discarding old, inefficient processes, adopting best practices and implementing a full set of IAM processes in just a few days. Reference implementations can reduce the total cost of initial IAM deployment by 80% to 90%.
The idea of a reference implementation is not to suggest that every IAM deployment can be the same. That's one end of a spectrum -- 100% standardized. The other end of the spectrum -- 100% custom, is also unnecessary. Instead, reference implementations apply to classes of organizations, which have near-identical requirements and would benefit from a shared implementation.
Hitachi ID Systems has identified a number of such patterns, including:
Doubtless there are other patterns, but the above set are an excellent start and fit the needs of most organizations.
Replacing legacy IAM processes with Identity Express has the following advantages over custom IAM implementations: