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How Ease-of-Use and Flexibility are Improving IAM

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The launch of Healthcare.gov last October was marred with issues. Users who attempted to navigate the exchange were greeted by a litany of errors so egregious, including login issues, incomprehensible data entry forms, enrollment delays, and outright crashes that signing up proved to be a near impossibility. Things got so bad that one leading publication referred to the government’s website as a “technological disaster.” And although five months later, the site seems to be running much… Read More »

Unlock the Power of Cloud-Based Provisioning

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According to March 19 study entitled Hosting and Cloud Go Mainstream: 2014, more than 45 percent of organizations are beyond the pilot phase of a cloud deployment, and 32 percent now possess a formal cloud computing plan as part of their overall IT and business strategy.  The results demonstrate a stark increase in the use of cloud-based solutions, with numbers predicated to rise as more and more organizations recognize the cloud’s strategic value. “With this… Read More »

IAM Lessons Learned from the Sochi Olympics

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Writing about the Sochi Olympics' shortcomings feels a bit like piling on. Shoddy workmanship, decidedly un-brisk 65 degree weather, Bob Costas' double pink eye, and bathroom doors that require a MacGyver-esque level of ingenuity to open have been reported and re-reported, tweeted, and lampooned. @Sochiproblems has more followers than the game's official Twitter account, GQ wondered aloud if this was the worst Olympics ever—heck, even the New Yorker joined in on the fun. But now,… Read More »

Stephen Colbert and the Ring of Steel

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Believe it or not, the “Colbert Report” has been a Comedy Central mainstay for nearly a decade.   For me, it was a staple of weekday college nights, one that offered a refreshing (and often hilarious) take on the news stories we all-too-serious journalism majors spent five days a week over analyzing.   Keeping up with current events on a daily basis, most of them overwhelmingly negative, could be enervating, and the “Daily Show” spin-off proved cathartic.… Read More »

“One Brain” for IAM

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Identity management has evolved over the last couple of decades, from mere user profile centralization in the form of directories to directory-enabled authentication and SSO, account provisioning, federation, access compliance, and, most recently, identity and access governance Identity (and access) management is no longer “the IT team’s problem.” Today, many people across business, IT, audit, risk and compliance teams need to do their part in a well-orchestrated process framework that supports identity and access management.… Read More »

3 Ways to Bridge the Business-IT Disconnect

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A few months ago, the Huffington Post interviewed Robert J. Webb, CEO of the Technology Business Management Council, to shed light on the near-ubiquitous communication disconnect between business and IT leaders.  Webb supposed that the line-of-business consistently over-ranks the amount of resources available to IT, while CISOs’ “Key Performance Indicators” fail to resonate with those in business roles.  The result is an enterprise that, on average, is not aligned on 40 percent of their metrics. Webb’s estimate is… Read More »

IAM, Getting Smarter with Every Release

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New product releases typically bring a bevy of new features, but some of these additions—the ones created by the desire to lead the market or respond to customer requests—are  typically more interesting and, frankly, more important. Take Instagram, for example. They recently introduced "Instagram Direct," which allows users to message privately. The update allows users to more easily communicate with one another, matures the Instagram social sharing platform, and helps direct users away from competing… Read More »

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