There is no shortage of opinions about the dynamics of hybrid cloud growth and its effect on IT organizations. As such, I found CRN’s 2017 purchasing survey to be a worthwhile snapshot of priorities placed in front of today’s CIO’s and where they are investing the most in. You’ll notice in the survey that 3 out of 4 IT organizations are seeing a bump in spending. Let’s see where that money is going and how it may impact investment in identity and access management relative to the maturing of corporate hybrid environments.

Mobile – surprisingly, investment in mobile technology didn’t grow as fast as other areas within the business, but it’s still an important area with 62% of organizations planning to continue their aggressive investment. Mobile app development is essential for B2C/B2C/G2C success because people expect an easy-to-use experience on a small formfactor. Often, a top challenge for mobile app specialists is the need to access data distributed across several back-end systems from both on-premises and the cloud environments. Frequently, the app requires access to just a small subset of literally thousands of pieces of data so security and single sign-on for all access systems is essential.

The easiest way for mobile app developers to securely retrieve this information is to use access manager’s existing authentication and authorization infrastructure so they can stay out of the mechanics of credential management for the various systems as well as the single sign-on itself. NetIQ Access Manager includes both an iOS as well as OpenID Connect SDKs for Android. And since Access Manager’s IdP is OpenID Connect compliant, any cross platform projects using that or OAuth will work just fine.

In an era of high cloud investment, it’s interesting to observe the CIO’s substantial level of investment for their internal on-premise infrastructure. It clearly demonstrates that hybrid IT is not just some transitional phase to the exclusive cloud but rather a more permanent architecture.

  • Servers – 36% of CIOs are increasing their spending on servers. Purchases of servers has remained brisk and even ranked within the top 5 spend list for the past three years.
  • Switching/Routing – 46% of respondents are increasing their planned spending this year.
  • Storage – with 53% of CIOs say that they are increasing their spending this year on storage technologies, this is the fifth year in a row when it ranked in the top three.

Cloud based services – 68% of CIOs surveyed said they plan to increase their spending, which is actually up from 62% the previous year. Organizations of all type continue to see enormous value it subscribing to specialized services that defer their need to maintain higher staff with multiple core competencies. So, it’s clear that the use of a SaaS will continue to expand its reach in business. Which brings up to the number one planned IT spend for 2017 – security. Security has been on top of this survey for the last five years running. In a slight 2% drop from last year, about 80% of CIOs surveyed are increasing their spend on security.

Hybrid IT is Complicated

What does this mean for you?

So, with the expectation that your services will continue to span across a hybrid environment, what influence should they have on the way you design your Identity and Access Management infrastructure (IAM)? Understanding the details and dynamics of what is and isn’t changing in your digital landscape can have a profound impact effect on how you prioritize your existing and newly emerging IAM requirements:

  • As you figure out what your hybrid IAM should look like, pay close attention to where the identities and data source reside, those are design hotspots.
  • Historically, IAM was often customized across the board from identity provisioning and life cycle management over to a sophisticated web access management experience. Today, it’s more likely that you’ll need to extend that investment out rather than abandon it, which means for many IAM requirements remain complex.
  • Since the advantages of cloud based IAM services is that the providers delivers a standardized offering, the more complicated your environment the more likely that you’ll need more than what a cloud offer can provide

Regardless of how your hybrid IAM requirements settle, NetIQ has you covered with both on-premise and cloud based services.

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Kent Purdy
Sep 14, 2017
8:35 am