Sending workflow to the cloud doesn't magically make it easier to define or understand.
Just because something is in the cloud does not lessen the need for the same security concerns that are the bedrock of on-premises IAM. In fact, many of the critical aspects of good IAM—specifically unified, business-driven and policy-based workflows—become even more critical when they move out of the data center.
When these aspects of IAM can be unified, automated and controlled by the business rather than IT, the specifics of deployment—whether on premises or in the cloud become much more manageable. CIOs need to take into consideration the readiness of the IAM solution to address data and applications in the cloud.
Barrie Sheers is Vice President, Dell Software Group, APJ
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