Gartner has named IBM a Leader in its first-ever Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide. Both IBM Security Access Manager and Cloud Identity Service were evaluated in this new report, alongside 14 other vendors.
IBM was placed as a Leader for completeness of vision and ability to execute.
IBM Leads the Way in Access Management
According to Gartner, by 2019, more than 80 percent of organizations will use access management (AM) software or services, up from 55 percent today. In their journey to secure the adoption of new cloud applications and maintain usability for an increasingly mobile workforce, security leaders are seeking a hybrid approach to access management that bridges existing on-premises investments to the cloud.
Gartner created this new report in response to evolving market conditions in the AM space. According to Gartner, “What was once considered a mature market for web access management that served only web browser clients and web applications using static or semistatic data for access decisions has evolved to one that better supports more diversity in user authentication methods, contextual and adaptive access, mobile computing, internet-connected things and API target systems.”
We believe this report further validates our vision for a truly contextually aware and hybrid approach to access management and the need to infuse identity everywhere, as evidenced by last week’s launch of Cloud Identity Connect and our November announcement of IBM Verify.
Gartner does extensive research to determine which vendors will be positioned in the Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players quadrants in its reports.
Recognizing IBM’s Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute
When evaluating access management vendors on their ability to execute, Gartner analyzed product/service, overall viability, sales execution/pricing and customer experience, among other criteria. When evaluating vendors on their completeness of vision, the firm analyzed market understanding, sales strategy, innovation and geographical strategy, among other criteria.
According to Gartner, “Leaders in the AM market generally have significant customer bases. They provide feature sets that are appropriate for current customer use-case needs. Leaders also show evidence of strong vision and execution for anticipated requirements related to technology, methodology or means of delivery; and they show evidence of how AM plays a role in a collection of related or adjacent product offerings. Leaders typically demonstrate solid customer satisfaction with overall AM capabilities, the sales process and/or related service and support.”
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