The market for IAM systems is valued at $24 billion and is expected to grow. More and more companies realize that by providing customized solutions to their customers, they’re creating a better customer experience and increased business. To do this, identity and access management system usage is on the rise.
Implementing an IAM system within your company may be on the to-do list. But be careful, even the most talented of businesses have fallen for some common implementation pitfalls.
Here are five pitfalls that you need to look out for.
1. Making the Entire Project Team IT
Don’t underestimate the fact that you need a cross-departmental team for the implementation of your IAM. You need to include people who know and understand the business’ organization and processes.
Certain aspects need oversight from someone who has authority within the business. These include GUI expectations, role concepts, approval structures, or “Chinese Walls”.
2. Undefined Goals
As with any significant change or project that you embark on, you need to have a defined endpoint. Without it, you will never finish your project.
Make sure that your IAM vendor knows your time frame and benchmarkers.
3. Using Messy Data
When was the last time you went in and cleaned up your data? For many companies, the answer is never. You’ll find orphaned accounts, spelling errors, missing links between accounts.
Because of this, the first step in your IAM project should be to clean up and consolidate your data. This will not only set you up for success, but it’ll make your life easier during set up and implementation.
You may find you can drastically reduce your data pool size by finding orphaned accounts when you assign user accounts to their owners. The more of these dead accounts you find, the cleaner and more high-quality your data will be in the end.
4. Implementing Everything at Once
In the end, you want your IAM solution to support your entire business and IT systems. But you need to choose a scalable implementation method. Your defined goals from step two need to be broken down into smaller achievable successes.
For the first release, limit your IAM’s scope to a limited number of systems and users. This will let the essential people experience its functionality and deliverability.
By doing this, you move up the release and implementation date, which keeps the positive momentum going. It also helps people phase into the new process, which decreases the “change aversion” that can happen when employees are faced with a new status quo.
5. Not Included HR Systems
One of the biggest pitfalls in IAM program implementation is not including administrative functions. You will need to redesign the performance of administrative tasks.
You need to confirm that each user has all of, or only, the tools they require to get their current job done.
Implement Your Identity Access Management System
By keeping these five common pitfalls and mistakes in mind, you can have a smoother transition to using your access management system. This means that your company will have reduced security risks, higher productivity, and happier employees.
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