Enterprise identity management systems bring many benefits to large organizations and are increasingly a required feature in today's regulatory environment. Some of the important features of enterprise IdM include:

  • Improved user productivity, due to reduced wait for new and updated systems access and fewer authentication problems.
  • Lower security administration cost, as the bulk of user management is automated or delegated to business users and password resets are either eliminated or resolved with self-service.
  • Enhanced security, as inappropriate access is terminated quickly and reliably.
  • Regulatory compliance, including the ability to audit access rights globally, to ensure that only appropriate users have access to sensitive systems and data.

Unfortunately, despite two generations of user administration technology, enterprise identity management systems from many vendors remain difficult to deploy and costly to maintain. Many IdM projects end either in stripped-down installations or are entirely abandoned due to these factors.

This paper discusses the main challenges encountered by large organizations in deploying enterprise identity management systems, and offers solutions to help overcome each challenge.

The solutions offered in this paper are implemented in the Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite.

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