Hybrid IT is disrupting many processes in IT organizations and contributing to organizational complexity. That complexity extends to identity management, which allows organizations to understand not only who has access to the environment, but what has access as we expand into the internet of things. So what impact does hybrid IT have on identity management? To answer that requires an understanding of how we arrived at our current position.

The waves of identity

The history of identity management can be described in three waves.

The first was driven by IT operations teams, who were reacting to disgruntled business users who were tired of waiting days or weeks to get access to IT services when they first joined a company. Operations had to become more efficient by automating the provisioning of entitlements, and revoking those entitlements quickly when employees left the company or no longer needed it.

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