Just like Polaroid pictures and vinyl records, web access management and identity federation technologies may not be new, but they sure are popular today, according to the latest KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report.
KuppingerCole explained that the recent growth in the interest and adoption of web access management and federation is being driven by new business requirements. “The business challenge to solve is ‘supporting the extended and connected enterprise,'” the report explained.
This makes sense: With 86 percent of workloads expected to be processed by cloud data centers by 2019, according to the “Cisco Global Cloud Index,” business departments are scrambling to ensure access to their data is controlled and monitored whether it resides in the cloud or on-premises.
Web Access Management and Federation Market
The “KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Access Management and Federation” outlined the challenges facing enterprises today and provided recommendations and best practices for implementing web access management.
Overall, KuppingerCole stated the market is mature but evolving. One of the main findings in the report was that although federation tends to be the more important topic, access management support for existing applications is becoming an increasingly important feature.
A strong case is made in the report for not looking at access management and federation separately, but rather as a joint solution. This helps enterprises have better control of their access management and reduce complexity by using a single solution to manage access to on-premises and cloud applications.
The Vendor Landscape
This year, KuppingerCole saw five top companies in the leadership segment: IBM, CA Technologies, Micro Focus, Ping Identity and ForgeRock. Among them, IBM was categorized as a leader and top performer in all leadership categories — innovation, product and market — for its IBM Security Access Manager and its very strong web access management support, platform support and federation standards.
Additionally, easy integration with other specialized products helps IBM cast a wide net in terms of the capabilities it offers within the identity and access management space.