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Legacy and Cloud IAM solutions: The need to co-exist

There is an ongoing debate taking place in the market over whether the best option for enterprises is to stick with their legacy Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution or whether a cloud solution is the only option to consider.

At Symplified, we are here to tell you that you don’t have to choose between one or the other, as a hybrid approach to IAM is often the best option for enterprise companies.

Why you ask? Let’s break it down.  In a survey recently commissioned by Symplified of enterprises managing a total of 4.5 million global identities, we uncovered that 54 percent of respondents felt one of the biggest pain points of implementing an IAM solution is total cost of ownership.  With that said, most large organizations have already spent significant amounts of time and large amounts of money investing in legacy single sign-on solutions where everything is tied into existing systems or processes that are not going away (e.g. ordering, billing system).

The decision to purchase such expensive systems in the first place was not made at the drop of a hat; and the decision to abandon a legacy solution, shouldn’t be made so quickly either.  Think of it as purchasing a new home. You already made a significant upfront investment and to uproot all the walls and the entire structure of the house would negate the reason for your purchase of the home in the first place.  Instead of breaking down all the home’s original walls, all you need to do is move some furniture around and invest in some new paint.

Yes, it really can be that easy. At Symplified, we get it, enterprises have a complex environment with new business and technology innovations coming out in the cloud every day- there has to be some way to handle the information overload. Legacy solutions are simply not enough to keep up with the growing number of technological advancements.

A hybrid solution is the overarching umbrella where companies can plug in their on-premises or custom web apps  and seamlessly integrate with legacy systems that they already have all in one place. A hybrid model enables organizations to extend access to critical resources for vendors, contractors, partners and customers.

Looking to extend your current IAM to the cloud for centralized control and visibility into who is accessing all your apps but not sure where to start? Let us know, we can help.


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