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Web Access & Federation

An organization’s need to support communication and collaboration with external parties such as business partners and customers is just as an essential technical foundation today as it has been in the past. Web Access Management and Identity Federation are two vital and inseparable technologies that organizations can use to manage access to and from external systems, including cloud services, consistently. While the core Web Access Management and Identity Federation technologies have been well established for years, organizations will still need a strategic approach to address the growing requirement list that can support a Connected and Intelligent Enterprise.

New IT challenges are driving the shift in IT from a traditional, internal-facing approach towards an open IT infrastructure supporting this Connected and Intelligent Enterprise. At the core of these changes is the need to become more agile in an increasingly complex and competitive business environment. Because of this, business models have to adapt more rapidly, and organizations need to react more quickly to new attack vectors that are continually changing. Having a Connected Enterprise means that organizations have to deal with more and larger user populations than ever before. Given these new challenges, the technologies that help to support this complex and changing landscape include Cloud, Mobile, Social and Intelligent Computing.

As the changing workforce looks to work from anywhere from any device, the need to manage mobile devices are being leveraged onto organizations. Amongst these other technologies are new types of cloud-based directory services as well as various other kinds of Cloud services that include Cloud Identity Services that give flexibility and control for both internal and external identities. Support for social logins such as Facebook, Google+, etc., are also needed and is now considered standard support for established Cloud Service Providers today. In addition to the foundational Access Management and Identity Federation capabilities, improvements to authentication and authorization technologies such as risk- and context-based Access Management, sometimes called “adaptive” authentication and authorization, are needed too.

 Figure 1: Web Access and Federation Figure: Overall Leadership rating for the Access Management and Federation market segment

In the market segment of Web Access Management and Identity Federation, KuppingerCole is seeing an evolutionary shift in vendor solutions towards the support of the Connected and Intelligent Enterprise in various degrees. In the latest Web Access Management and Identity Federation Leadership Compass, we evaluated 15 vendors in this market segment as depicted here in this overall leadership chart. So, when considering your organizational requirements for Web Access Management and Identity Federation, you should also think about how your IT infrastructure is connecting and intelligently adapting on-premise IT to the outer world in its many different and changing ways.

To get the latest information on the market, that includes detailed technical descriptions of the leading solutions, see our most recent Web Access Management and Identity Federation Leadership Compass.

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