Digital assets are fast becoming the “crown jewels” for businesses in the modern world, and therefore access management is extremely important and at the core of enterprise IT infrastructures.

Due to the importance of access management, it was a key focus on Day One of KuppingerCole’s 2021 European Identity and Cloud (EIC) conference, with many of the sessions geared to help organizations deal with the challenge of managing access to digital assets in modern hybrid and highly connected IT environments. 

Access management must become the cornerstone of IT infrastructure in businesses of all types that are increasingly required to protect access to sensitive data and assets. Successful access management goes a long way to mitigating security and compliance risks, while at the same time supporting digital transformation by ensuring access to data by all those who need it to do work.

“Future Access Management will integrate with concrete access entitlements by just-in-time access, shifting away from standing privileges and simplifying the enforcement of the least privilege principle,” said Martin Kuppinger of KuppingerCole in relation to the opening keynote at EIC 2021 on Multi-Cloud Multi-Hybrid IT: How to Make your Digital Business Fly, in which he discussed how IT, IT Security, and Identity & Access Management need to evolve to make the digital business fly.

The focus on access management continued throughout the day in presentations, including those on Identity and Rise of the Platforms by Jackson Shaw of Clear Skye; on Where Stands the Sovereign Self by Doc Searls of Customer Commons, and ProjectVRM; on Modernizing the Customer Journey by Gerald Horst of PwC; on Identity is the New Blue, by Mike Kiser of SailPoint; on The Rise of the Developer in IAM by Eric Newcomer of WSO2; on the Growing Public Demand for Digital Identity by Joni Brennan of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada; and on The Truth About Identity, by Sadrick Widmann of Cidaas.

Increasingly there is a clear trend in the market to move access management solutions from an on-premises delivery model to a cloud delivery model.

— Richard Hill, Senior Analyst at KuppingerCole

Because we understand how important access management is and because we are committed to helping your business succeed, KuppingerCole has a great deal of content in a variety of formats available.


Access management refers to the group of capabilities targeted at supporting an organizations' access management requirements traditionally found within Web Access Management & Identity Federation solutions.

Insights into the leaders in innovation, product features, and market reach for access management on-premises, cloud, and hybrid platforms can be found in KuppingerCole’s Leadership Compass on Access Management. Use this Leadership Compass to find the right path in the market for your organization.

The Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) Access Management market is largely characterized by cloud-based delivery of access management capabilities for business irrespective of the application and service delivery models. Find out about the market direction and get a detailed evaluation of market players to help you make informed decisions by reading the Leadership Compass on IDaaS Access Management.

Privileged Access Management (PAM) is an important aspect of access management and some key resources to help with this include the Leadership Compasses on Privileged Access Management and Privileged Access Management for DevOps.

Bolster your understanding of access management even further with these primers on all you need to know about Identity & Access Management  and Privileged Access Management, and these Leadership Briefs on the 10 top trends in IAM, the strategic role Azure AD should play in your organization, the concept of Identity Fabrics, and how to manage non-human identities.


We have issued several Advisory Notes on access management-related topics. Review the list below and choose those that meet your needs or interests:


If you would prefer to listen to our analysts speak about access management, hear what Principal Analyst Martin Kuppinger has to say about The Future of Access Management: Beyond passwords, beyond static entitlements and why organizations should not manage access in Active Directory Groups.

For discussions focusing on access policies, check out these analyst chats about Policy-based and Dynamic Authorization Management and Access policies as the Common Language for Defining Access.

Hybrid cloud environments are becoming increasingly common, but can be challenging from an access management point of view. For help with this issue, watch this video on How to Solve the Top 5 Access Management Challenges in Hybrid Cloud Environments.

Working from home is also becoming a common access management challenge, which is the topic of this discussion on Identity & Access Management Challenges - Work From Home Edition.


Access management is touched on in several blog posts by our analysts. Improve your Understanding Identity and Access Management, find out about Access Management Trends Towards a Zero-Trust Paradigm, explore the topic of Adaptive Policy-based Access Management (APAM), and learn how Privileged Access Management Can Take on AI-Powered Malware to Protect Identity-Based Computing.


Learn more about a policy-based approach to access control in this KuppingerCole webinar on Policy-Based Access Control – Consistent Across the Enterprise or find out how access management is leading the cloud transformation drive.

If you are interested in niche access management topics, check out these webinars on Getting Identity and Access Management Right – Even If SAP Is Involved, on Securing your Hybrid IT Environment with Privileged Access Management, and How to easily expand Identity & Access Management to the Cloud.


KuppingerCole has several whitepapers relating to the topic of access management:


If you would like to improve your skills and knowledge relating to access management by completing a course, KuppingerCole can help there too. You can sign up for our KC Masterclass on Identity & Access Management (IAM) Essentials.

Tech Investment

Organizations investing in technologies to promote and support access management, can have a look at some of the related technology solutions that we have evaluated: