Sometimes, I get impatient with the pace of progress in the Identity industry in general and certain companies in particular. Yesterday, I listened to a presentation where the speaker was extolling the virtues of thinking of Identity and Access Management as an enabler for Digital Transformation, not just a defensive protector of data and systems. He spoke as if this were a startling new concept.
I looked back in my blog and found a couple of entries that show at least some of us considered Identity to be a key business enabler a decade ago:
From May 2005 (the first month I blogged)
Viewing Identity Management as a business enabler rather than just a cost-reduction vehicle or compliance assistant allows us to think beyond the constraints of how we do business now. Just think of how many more customers you could serve, how many more services you could deliver and how many more partner relationships you could leverage if you knew that identities of all participants were highly secure but highly connectable!
Identity is an essential, core enabler of online business. Identity must not be an afterthought, a necessary evil, or a function forced by government regulation. It is more properly recognized as a key business enabler. The modern business paradigm of delivering highly personalized service to individual consumers demands that Identity is at the core of the business process.
It is a concept that is still valid today. I’m glad to see more folks are catching on.