Get to One Strategy Is Best of All Worlds

By Jackson Shaw  |  Posted 2009-04-28 Print this article Print

Get to one strategy is best of all worlds

One strategy stands out above the rest. A "get to one" strategy not only combines the best of all the previously mentioned solutions, it also avoids many of their shortcomings. A "get to one" strategy will have the extensive and robust capabilities of the security framework, the targeted functionality of the point solution, the forward-looking innovation of the custom approach, and the cost-effectiveness of maintaining the status quo.

Since most identity and access management challenges stem from the complexity and disparity of the modern heterogeneous enterprise, eliminating these myriad identities, authentication practices, roles, policies and processes is the quickest path to more efficient, controlled and compliant identity and access management.

A good "get to one" solution will literally consolidate directories, automate identity administration from a single point, extending it to all unified systems and leverage an organization's existing investments in identity infrastructure-in most cases, Microsoft Active Directory-to create truly unified identity and access management that crosses platform boundaries.

With one identity, one point of management, one set of policies and one secure and strong authentication mechanism, all the identity management projects-single sign-on, provisioning, password management, directory consolidation, strong authentication, role management and audit/compliance-will be simplified.

With fewer identities to manage and administer, the efficiency improvements and cost savings both for users and IT staff will be immediately apparent. The ability to implement single sign-on will improve user productivity by eliminating the number of times users must log on, as well as the downtime that occurs when a forgotten password prevents them from logging on.

With fewer accounts to manage and fewer passwords to reset, IT staff can focus on more important tasks. In addition, IT's manual management of user identity is greatly reduced when identity administration tasks are automated.

Jackson Shaw is Senior Director of Product Management for Identity and Access Management at Quest Software. Jackson joined Quest as part of its acquisition of Vintela. He oversees product direction, strategy and go-to-market activities for Quest. Prior to Quest, Jackson was a key member of the identity and access management marketing team for the Windows server marketing group at Microsoft. He was responsible for product planning and marketing for Microsoft's identity and access management products, including Active Directory and Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) 2003. Jackson has been involved in directory, meta-directory and security initiatives for 20 years. He has spoken at various industry events and writes a popular identity management blog. Check it out at He can also be reached at

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