(Source: SailPoint Technologies, Inc. Identity and Access Management Buyers Guide)
Managing the complex relationships between thousands of users and millions of access privileges continues to be a daunting and expensive task for most organizations. Changes to user access are initiated, approved and implemented using fragmented, disjointed processes. Coupled with the fact that in most organizations, the processes and tools used to request or change user access are highly manual, the result is an inefficient and costly execution of access requests and changes. Does your organization wrestle with the following problems when fulfilling access changes across enterprise IT systems?
- Multiple front-end processes are used by the business to request new or change existing access privileges
- Heavy reliance on help desk or IT admins to assess and implement access changes
- Manual processes are required to facilitate changes to user access
- Different provisioning/deprovisioning processes are used for different applications
If these situations sound familiar, it’s time to take a different approach. You need to centralize the delivery of access across disparate IT resources spanning both the datacenter and the cloud and reduce the costs associated with managing the initiation and fulfillment of access requests and changes. The right identity management solution automates identity lifecycle events, such as onboarding new hires and managing job transfers, by directly assigning or changing roles and entitlements to match a user’s current job function. It can also automate removal of access privileges upon termination. By automating these events, organizations can reduce the number of self-service requests initiated by business users, the number of approvals required to grant access, and the number of calls to the help desk. In addition, a centralized solution can orchestrate the automation of changes to access rights for all applications regardless of how “last mile” provisioning changes are performed — via the help desk, a manual process, or an automated provisioning solution.
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