Cloud Identity Services Vendors Establish Channel Roots
Identity-as-a-Service platform makers are beginning to establish more partner-friendly channel programs for solution providers that are helping clients migrate IT systems to the cloud. The emerging services provide authentication, single sign-on and provisioning capabilities to Salesforce.com, Box, custom Web applications and other cloud services and can tie into traditional, on-premise identity management platforms. The market is quickly commoditizing and is ripe for additional acquisitions, said Andras Cser, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. Vendors will invest in more robust provisioning capabilities, identity intelligence or analytics, and customer-facing or inbound Identity-as-a-Service features, Cser said. Meanwhile, traditional, on-premise identity management platform makers also are adapting. Here are eight vendors that industry observers say deserve a look.