Legacy Identity and Access Management -- Cheaper to Keeper

Legacy Identity and Access Management -- Cheaper to Keeper

  • December 2020 •
  • 8 pages •
  • Report ID: 5999392 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Market Perspective discusses legacy identity and access management (IAM).In terms of overall market size, legacy IAM has been declining during the recent past as non-mission critical applications continue to migrate to lower-cost cloud infrastructure solutions and the total number of mainframe users drops, but IDC believes that revenue erosion may soon end. Chances are good that bottom-line growth will begin to return to this space as organizations add technology to meet increasing industry and governmental requirements and take additional steps to guard against new threat vectors.This uptick will be nowhere near the dramatic growth seen with Microsoft and other born-on-the-web identity providers; it will be more like single-digit increases driven by captive user bases and can be good business if development is properly focused. One might say "duh" here, but anyone who's worked in such environments knows there are other motivations besides meeting customer needs when it comes to development activities.The simple fact is that nobody running mainframe-based critical applications wants to leave this space anytime soon -- there is no viable substitute. If the legacy IAM development priorities aren't yet obvious, survey your base and build a list of customer-requested enhancements."Often overlooked and little appreciated by the press, legacy IAM solutions will not be going the way of the dodo, passenger pigeon, and the spix macaw anytime soon," said Jay Bretzmann, program director, Security Products at IDC. "Customers either have been or will soon be presented with enhancements that will protect access to these platform environments, hopefully with dramatically improved user experiences."