Ameet Shah, CMOFounded in 2008 by experts in the Identity and Access Management divisions of some of the largest software companies in the U.S., OpenIAM was the answer to the existing products that were declared dated, expensive, and too complex to deploy. The company embarked on a journey to make the technology affordable so that more organizations could benefit.
This journey started at the ground level. CMO Ameet Shah says, “Our product has been built from the ground up on a single unified platform using modern architectures. It has matured through major deployments and feedback from our clients. OpenIAM continues to evolve to meet customer needs and avoids the technical debt found in many solutions.”
When Shah speaks of how the company has evolved, it is easy to see how far it has come, as the company recently released version 4 of its access management platform. The speed of the releases and the attention to detail shows a commitment to keeping the solution current.
Through these solutions, OpenIAM addresses specific problems that its customers face. Shah states, “Our customers face a broad range of challenges based on a combination of their business needs and their readiness to embrace identity solutions.”
The company specifically addresses the needs of clients by listening to them. Where some may find that automating their identity lifecycle is sufficient, others may need to deploy more complex systems that consolidate authentication and access control across several customer-facing solutions. Companies want to be able to automate user provisioning and de-provisioning, improve the end-user experience with self-service functionality, protect APIs, and deliver identity services to a cloud solution that can support millions of users.
OpenIAM addresses all those challenges through the scalable IAM suite. Customers can choose how much or how little of the solution they need, giving them the flexibility and control that they desire in an identity platform. This is especially important since business needs change over time.
OpenIAM’s API management functionality leverages the shared services architecture, so customers don’t need to deploy a separate solution which needs to be maintained
The platform must be adaptable when dealing with two-factor authentication, API management, and access governance. Unlike other API solutions providers, Shah says, “OpenIAM’s API management functionality leverages the shared services architecture, so customers don’t need to deploy a separate solution which needs to be maintained.”
The result for customers is an easier learning curve, simpler maintainability, and a lower cost of ownership. These are all the technology-based challenges that the founders worked to address when they left their former employers to create a more accessible solution for organizations of all sizes.
In regards to the newest version of IAM, users gain better security through OTP and Adaptive Authentication. “They also get integration in enterprises that have hybrid on-premises and cloud solutions,” he adds. These two aspects factor into the architectural improvements that better the scalability.
Customers can better address compliance mandates and user access and improve the overall end user experience. “Factor all of this in with the IAM appliances that give customers another deployment option without worrying about acquiring their own hardware, and you have a full-scale solution,” states Shah.
As for what is coming up, OpenIAM is working to add new components to the IAM suite, including identity analytics, an API gateway, and a Privileged Identity Manager. Shah says, “We see OpenIAM continuing to grow at an ever-faster rate and building upon the customer wins and partnerships formed in 2016.”