One Standard to Rule Them All: A Common Language for the Cloud’s Identity Management Crisis


The industry has had more than two decades to sort out interoperability problems between most on-premise systems. But that is, unfortunately, not the case for cloud-based systems.

Yet, a solution exists for IAM’s identity crisis: SCIM (System for Cross-Domain Identity Management), an open standard and REST API that defines schema and protocol so that enterprises can now manage identities in a consistent and uniform way. Despite this, widespread adoption of SCIM by SaaS and IAM vendors has yet to occur, with many preferring to stick with the familiar and build their custom APIs — forcing the average enterprise to manage identities in their cloud applications with time-consuming custom coding.

In this article, I’ll discuss why the industry needs to discard the DIY mindset, embrace open standards, and the importance of interoperability and collaboration in the digital economy.

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