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How Do You Future-proof Your Business?

At the Navigate opening session today, SailPoint CEO Mark McClain spoke to how to future proof your IAM. He mentioned several tenets that the company keeps in mind while rolling out new products and Web services. First, it has to have a user interface that is consumer-grade dirt simple with friendly UIs and nothing to learn. Second, it should build in governance from the start. It should make use of the existing access roles and policies that are already created elsewhere in the enterprise. This is indeed how SailPoint has built its business over the years. “Anything we build should have a range of built-in analytics too.” Next, it should function across the entire applications domain, spanning public and private clouds and handle all on-premises servers, too.

McClain says “it should seem holistic to the user, because everything is in the mix now and it doesn’t matter where they actually live.” SailPoint’s latest product, an SSO tool that is entirely SaaS-based, is an example of how they are moving in this direction.

Finally, everything should be mobile enabled. “No one is sitting at their desk all day anymore, and anything we do should integrate with the common mobile device management tools too.” Given how many of us are computing on laptops, tablets and smartphones, this is a no-brainer.

This is great advice, and I would agree with all of his assertions, not just for developing software but for how your structure your business in toto. I realize that for some of you, this isn’t news: good for you. But if you run a business, think about things that you are doing that are keeping you living in the past.

David Strom is guest blogging on behalf of SailPoint during its inaugural customer conference, Navigate 2013, in Austin, Texas.