IBM has announced a new service, delivered via the IBM Cloud, for managing how employees gain access to their preferred business applications.
IBM Cloud Identity Connect is a new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) which helps provide users with rapid and secure access to thousands of popular cloud apps while enabling single sign-on (SSO) to all their applications, whether from the cloud or on-premise.
As the workforce becomes more mobile, managing and securing multiple identities across their business becomes more complex on mobile and IoT devices, desktop environments and internet services. These complications are magnified as enterprises continue their journey to the cloud and try to bridge from their traditional on-premise tools and operate in a new hybrid world. According to Gartner, “hybrid will be the most common usage of the cloud — but this will require public cloud to be part of the overall strategy.”
“Businesses need to infuse identity everywhere. Cloud Identity Connect makes it easier than ever before for customers to inspire productivity and efficiency – while ensuring their enterprise is securely managed and can effectively transition to the cloud,” said Jason Keenaghan, Director of Strategy and Offering Management, IAM and Fraud, IBM Security. “Regardless of where an organization is in that transition process, IBM is now positioned to scale on-premise and cloud offerings to meet the unique needs of nearly any business at any time.”
IDaaS for Maximum Efficiency and Manageability
IBM offers a family of tools for identity and access management under the IBM Cloud Identity brand. The portfolio includes a full spectrum of IDaaS offerings that provide seamless access to applications across cloud, on-premise, mobile and IoT devices and hybrid environments. The IDaaS solutions give enterprises access management capabilities born-on-the-cloud without sacrificing their existing investments.
IBM is providing IBM Cloud Identity free of charge to clients using its own social and collaboration offerings like IBM Verse and IBM Connections Cloud, as well as partner offerings like Box from IBM.