A new wave of technology solutions has emerged, known as cloud identity management. Some have questioned its value – but that’s largely because it is difficult to quantify. In this blog post, we’ll look at how you can calculate the ROI of cloud identity management.
What is Cloud Identity Management?
Before we dive into the ROI of cloud identity management, we should hit what we mean by the term. Identity management solutions have been around for a number of years, but in general, most people have associated identity management with Microsoft Active Directory®. This makes a lot of sense because Microsoft AD is a virtual monopoly in the marketplace. Because of this, most IT organizations didn’t even bother to try and calculate the ROI of AD.
Fast forward to the current IT environment and the identity management landscape is incredibly different. Many IT organizations are trying to avoid implementing Active Directory or are trying to replace Active Directory. Either way, there is a new thought process emerging and with it comes the value of taking a different approach.
The alternative to Active Directory is a cloud identity management solution called Directory-as-a-Service®. It functions as a replacement to AD and ends up being a next generation, SaaS-based solution for directory services. The good news is that Directory-as-a-Service serves mixed, cross-platform environments including systems (Mac, Linux, Windows), cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud Platform, etc.), G Suite or Office 365, WiFi, physical and virtual storage, and cloud or on-prem applications. Because of the IDaaS platform’s ability to serve as the core user database for virtually all users and IT resources, it also ends up being far more cost effective.
What’s the ROI of Cloud Identity Management?
When calculating the ROI of cloud identity management, there are a few key areas to evaluate:
- Cost of manual user management – if you aren’t planning to use an automated cloud identity management solution, you’ll end up manually provisioning and deprovisioning users across your IT resources. This can be extremely time intensive depending upon the number of people and IT resources that you have (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/roi-cloud-identity-management/