Identity as a Service (IDaaS) today is beginning to show promise. Things that could not be easily done before, using traditional Identity & Access Management products are being promised today under the aegis of IDaaS.
The evolution of IDaaS began from the pain that was being felt by all business organizations across the globe – difficulty in signing on to multiple devices and applications. With the advent of cloud applications and its gaining popularity, corporate houses began taking their own decisions on selection of applications, sometimes even without the involvement of IT department. It was considered impossible in the old world of on-premise applications where the advice, guidance & even approval from IT department was a must.
The emergence large numbers of niche business applications in the cloud saw quick on-boarding of large number of applications on multiple devices. Soon business users were finding it difficult to sign in, as multiple login and password were making it difficult for the users to access multiple applications without hassle. During 2011, a new technology solution emerged “cloud based Single Sign-on” which was a perfect answer to solve the problem. This was the first milestone in the evolution of IDaaS.
On-boarding & off-boarding of users was to large number of cloud applications being the next difficult phase for the enterprises. Adding on to the problem, due to poor off-boarding practices to have a cloud application available to him, even when not required, made companies pay a never imagined huge subscription costs.. CFOs are beginning to get worried looking at the subscription bills. In fact serious thoughts are being given to perpetual licence and private cloud based SSO, driving it towards the second milestone for IDaaS Solutions.
The need to answer identity governance related questions like “who has access to what, who authorized it, is the access really needed“ are driving the need for Access Governance in the cloud through a totally new service subscription based approach. “Access Certification/ attestation ” seems to be on the demand chart with users beginning to demand for it, initiating it as the third milestone in the evolution.