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By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-03-03 Print this article Print

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Questions to ask when considering an identity management system.

  • Is software required on the client system? Try to avoid systems that require client software. If client software cant be avoided, make sure the client update mechanism will work with your organizations software distribution system. Dont have a software distribution system, either? Then the organization isnt ready for single sign-on.

  • Does the platform allow self-service password reset? Weight self-service heavily in your list of requirements. If an administrator has to get involved in password reset, a big chunk of ROI just flew out the window.

  • Does the system integrate with a directory already in use at the organization? Score! If not, be ready to work through a directory implementation project before starting on the identity management system.

  • How are user rights revoked? The ability to effectively block former users from the system without destroying the record of their authorized use is crucial.

    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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