Anyone acquainted with traditional Access Management and Governance solutions can recount their largely infamous implementation sprints that went on for months at a stretch. Yet, these large-scale efforts surprisingly resulted in islands of sub-optimal processes that did not address a business’ challenges like they should. The gaps within largely left businesses bleeding over patches of solutions that were neither scalable nor simple.
Today though, technology solutions are rapidly embracing core business functions as opposed to being an isolated IT team’s KPI, a trend that is further catalysed by the cloud. This makes the time ripe for Access Management and allied Governance solutions to get into the heart of a business and unshackle identity management over the cloud. But given the nature of data involved in implementing these solutions, a ‘business ready’ solution is the need of the hour. Thus, built to embrace technology and solutions your organization is already invested in, Cross Identity is a tailor-made confluence of access and governance components and is completely on the cloud.
How does it help to choose a business ready Cloud Identity partner?
1. You can draw from a common data source across domains
The closer departments get, the richer their collective output gets. Such digital proximity means that the sheer volume of data within your business is snowballing even as we speak. A lot of this data is within the applications employees regularly access or worse, on devices that they alone have access to. While access regulation is one side of the battle, being able to draw in data is a huge challenge all by itself. Trying to regulate access – most often a mandatory element of compliance that minimizes leaks, is divided between access management and governance – two logical complementary functions that are infrastructurally separated.
CI unifies access management and governance, thereby eliminating siloed security practices altogether. Its cloud-first build lets you mould identity management around your business’ needs as opposed to having to ‘make do’ with a solution. For example, single sign-on, user lifecycle management modules, certification of their accesses and the necessary reports are all within the same solution, thus closing the loops of user friendliness as well as compliance, both at once.
2. You can use what you need and pay-as-you-go
Given how we live in the times of on-demand everything, unlimited flexibility within software solutions is not an unwarranted ask, especially from mid-sized businesses whose needs typically mature as they grow. Given this modularity of requirements, having to settle for a traditional or rigid solution is equal to voluntarily investing is what is most likely to be an addition to the organization’s ‘shelf-ware’ pile. Besides, changing priorities is the norm of agile work cultures and such fluidity needs to reflect in the capabilities of the solution you put your money on.
CI is built to address the need for such modularity with its pay-as-you-go service modules as well as custom built packages from which you can conceive a tool that truly reflects the ethos your technology ecosystem. Besides, we will always catch up with your changing priorities, which means at no point will you stop enjoying the return on your investment. Paused your Access Certification campaign? Not a problem, you can get back to it at a better time while you instead focus on streamlining the Privilege Accesses of your user base. Go at the pace that best suits you.
3. You maximize present investment and by extension the ROI you derive
Every business has a soul of its own – the attributes of which reflect in how different its regulations can be from those of its peers. Traditional tools that force down homogeneity then are often incapable of being able to scale in terms of the user experience, role management and policy regulation that individual businesses require. While these components are not a part of the technology that is being used, they’re practices that make or break the success of the software.
Designed to provide enterprises with unparalleled customization, we’ve designed our cloud identity platform with persona-based dashboards for hassle-free role and policy management that comes packaged through a simplified user experience. The intuitive nature of the solution significantly cuts back implementation cycles and maximizes the return on your investment, from the very first quarter of implementation. Besides, any changes to the scheme of implementation can be addressed as well, be it changes or reorders. If in the last minute, if you decide to refocus your implementation cycle from role management to single sign-on, you can still do so without wasting the time and money you’ve already invested in the process.
4. You establish synergy between Business and IT streams
Every successful internal IT program relies on stakeholder engagement as much as it does on technology specialists’ ability to seek the right solutions. However, being able to draw stakeholders’ attention away from their core responsibilities for long enough and propel subsequent change management are tasks that are easier said than done. For example, the IT team’s frustrations over the apathy that the operations team displays over anything technology is contradictory to operations’ own narrative. They claim that technology specialists simply don’t understand the realities of their tasks which makes the choice of their solutions more redundant than relevant.
CI’s ability to integrate with existing technology on every level is a component that is set out to end these clashes from where they begin. Seamless backend and front-end integrations with every solution ensures that your stakeholders are required to invest very little time in learning new software, and they don’t have to change existing policies. A classic example is the multi-tiered integration with ServiceNow, which is the preferred ticketing partner for several organizations. The nature of this integration is such that an access ticket can be raised on ServiceNow and fulfilled by CI or can be carried out entirely on CI’s platform – depending on the policies you have in place. Governance programs are only successful when they govern from within and CI is designed to achieve exactly that.
5. You will be able to leverage multi-tenancy
Within the governance space, multi-tenant solutions are mostly elusive. The handful of applications that do provide the functionality are mostly complicated by nature and unyielding by scale. This means that the end user must either forgo multi-tenancy altogether or embrace a sub-optimal form of the solution that provides it.
CI’s business-readiness takes care of multi-tenancy without the complications of traditional solutions. It operates the data centre (AWS) and enables you to remain focussed on the business responsibilities while Cross Identity takes care of the details that go into the technology realities. This makes multi-tenancy another component of the software you can rely on like you’d on anything else.
6. You experience a comprehensive trial environment
Typical software trials are successful only when the participating team is invested in making the most of the trial. This includes data entry, mock-integrations, process review and spending enough time with the trial license. But the realities of the roles that decision makers hold often don’t give them the time required to trial solutions the way they’re supposed to. This makes trial an ‘on-paper’ promise or a sales cycle burden that really benefits nobody.
However, the Cross Identity Cloud Identity platform trial entails experiencing the software along with a selection of your enterprise’s apps and workflows. What we offer is a comprehensive trial environment and not a fragmented trial license. This not only gives you a custom-fit from the get-go but also encourages your business leaders to stay invested within the environment they best recognize. In addition, the trial will be truly educative in terms of the features you really need and the changes you’d like to make overall. A successful trial is the true prologue to a speedy and successful implementation cycle, and we leave no stone unturned in enabling you with such a trial.
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