The control of users’ access rights is the most important consideration when rolling out identity management solutions, according to analyst Burton Group.
Burton analyst Mike Neuenschwander said the issue was familiar to enterprises, but regulatory drivers, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, have brought identity control optimisation technologies even more to the forefront.
"Defining and maintaining access rights continues to be a big pain point for enterprises," said Neuenschwander. "Some products approach entitlement management from the audit perspective, and some focus on defining and managing business and IT roles; it can be tricky and extremely expensive," said Neuenschwander.
Burton Group said the majority of market activity will be focused on technologies specialising in data-mining tools for role definition.
Startups and specialist suppliers are more active in this space than major brands, which could lead to acquisition activity, said Burton.
Other top identity management market trends pinpointed in the report included identity in service-oriented architecture (SOA) environments, and electronic information cards built around technology from the likes of Microsoft‘s CardSpace - a component of Windows Vista.
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