Identity Management Solutions 101: IaaS (Integration as a Service)
You know that something
is new when it is listed in Wikipedia but still is not clearly defined.
Wikipedia says, “The
origin of the terminology "Integration as a Service" is not clearly
defined. However "IaaS" is becoming widely used in reference to Software
as a Service.”
Companies like Bluewolf
and Identropy are paving the way towards defining and implementing IaaS.
software has become a commodity," said Lou Fox, CTO of Bluewolf.
"We focus on making sure you are successful with integration by wrapping
in monitoring, maintenance, enhancements and consulting into our
Integration-as-a-Service offering so that clients can get a complete solution,
not just a tool."
Ash Motiwala, CTO of
Identropy has said, “Identity Management lends itself perfectly for Integration
as a Service since the true goal of bringing these products in to any
environment is reducing costs. The next way to continue reducing those
operating costs is by providing support on those integrated systems.”
In my opinion,
technology has progressed from the normal implementations, to the much lesser
known Identity as a Service (which was popular about a year ago but really
never caught on because it is what all implementers were already doing) to
Integration as a Service (which provides the greatest value and return on
investment for an organization).
So if I were to define
IaaS, I would define it as a solution that combines consulting services and
implementation of identity solutions coupled with a proactively managed and
integrated support service.
In future posts we will
dive further into Identropy’s IaaS solution iMIS (Identropy Managed Identity