How do you get started with IAM?
To get started with IAM, you’ll need an IAM solution. Choosing the right platform can be a daunting task, so it’s important to consider your organization’s needs before starting the procurement process.
First, consider whether you need an on-premises or cloud-based solution. On-premises solutions are generally suited to large organizations that have the resources to manage and maintain them. They also provide you with greater levels of control than cloud-based solutions. Cloud-based solutions can be implemented more quickly and scaled more easily than on-premises solutions and come with immediate cost savings. A hybrid cloud solution is the sweet spot for many organizations, as it allows you to keep sensitive data on-premises and move less critical workloads to the cloud.
It's also important to think about who the IAM solution is for. If you’re primarily concerned with B2C or B2B customers, there are customer IAM solutions that prioritize self-service and user-friendliness to provide the best possible customer experience. If you need a solution for employees, you’ll need to ensure your IAM solution can integrate with your organization’s internal systems. An IAM solution that combines access control for both internal and external users will be the most efficient and cost-effective.
Lastly, think about what applications your IAM solution will have to work with. Determine which apps your organization’s employees and customers use and which are most critical to track, then compare them to the applications each IAM vendor supports.