What You Need to Know about Identity Access Management

Identity and access management – the process of ensuring the right people have the right access to information – should be a key component of any organization’s security infrastructure. A sound IAM approach will not only help protect your sensitive data, it will also save you time and money. However, implementation challenges such as business system complexities, lack of defined user roles and...

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The Evolution of Traditional Authentication

Early this month, Microsoft officially announced that they have released another preview feature for their Azure IaaS solution stack, Azure Active Directory Domain Services.  This is a clear evolution of the way traditional Microsoft AD administrators install/configure/manage legacy Active Directory.  Although there are currently some limitations that I’ll talk about later, this is an exciting...

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Role of Identity Management – Removing the Friction

With what seems like a daily stream of news related to data breaches these days, why is identity and access management (IAM) still: Not moved to the top of every CIO/CTO roadmap Only talked about as just the management of an identity and not also the governance of that identity Not a standard swim lane with every project that requires any type of authentication to any service (on-premises or...

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Identity and Access Management – The Cart or The Horse?

In my experiences with identity and access management (IAM) projects, there is always a moment when you begin having a “Are we putting the cart before the horse?” conversation.  This is particularly the case when you are, in parallel, having a conversation about how to “enable” IAM in the environment by either redesigning your current implementation of Windows Server Active Directory, creating...

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Business System Complexities (Make it Easier)

In a previous post introducing identity access management (IAM) challenges, Business System Complexities and What To Do About It, I wrote about the issues many organizations face when they attempt to connect their current and future systems with an integrated, single end-user identity, to: Reducing cost and improving productivity Quickly integrate, reducing expense, risk, and time Reduce risk...

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Business System Complexities and What To Do About It

Business System Complexities and What To Do About It Business systems are complex, only becoming more complex, and as such the management of the associated identities has spiraled out-of-control for many Enterprise organizations.  Additionally, it is increasingly more challenging to protect the type of devices that access Enterprise data.  Over the years, this has culminated in business unit...

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Successful solutions require more than just technology

Technology and West Monroe Partners go hand-in-hand. We pride ourselves in making sure our recommendations align properly with our clients’ core business needs.  This theme comes around again and again with our clients and after having open conversations and demonstrating that sometimes the solution is more than the technology, there’s a wonderful “ah-ha” moment.…

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Network Virtualization and Microsoft Azure

A colleague of mine, Kyle Tobin, and I attended TechEd 2013 down in New Orleans earlier this month. We are writing a series of blogs about what most impressed us about Microsoft’s message around their newly released or updated software TechEd 2013 brought with it a number of new feature releases for many of the traditional Microsoft products, but what Microsoft delivered (in my mind...

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SCCM 2012 – New Technology and New Ideas

During a recent System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 deployment, there was something I noticed that I must have previously missed when reviewing the seemingly endless number of features that have changed between version 2007 and 2012.  This change is that packages now leverage single instance storage!  This was something I completely stumbled on when I was looking for a test...

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Private Cloud CFO Lever Hybrid-Cloud

Depending on the professional circles in which you travel, cloud computing could mean different things to different people.  Generally though, most people can (knowingly or not) agree on the NIST definitions of there being essentially three distinct variants (I’ve excluded their Community Cloud definition): Private cloud. The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for exclusive use by a...

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The Whole Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts – Part II

In my previous post, The Whole Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts, I began explaining why I feel organizations need to be aware of how they purchase, implement and maintain software in their environments by centering on solutions rather than a number of disparate point products. I explained that, if organizations evaluate their software implementations in this way, they are better serving the...

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The Whole Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

In the information technology industry, it is oftentimes a challenge to not get excited about every new shiny new toy that hits the market, want to learn all there is about it and then install it whenever the opportunity presents itself.  More often than not, a mentality of always needing the newest technology (in a corporate environment) becomes a detriment to everyone. …

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