Navigate ’13: Addressing Today’s IAM Challenges

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of current and prospective customers at a series of CISO breakfast meetings in the U.S. and at the recent Gartner IAM Summit in London. What struck me about those conversations is that while many were interested in discussing new challenges arising from cloud, mobility, etc. and the security risks these technologies introduce, it was equally clear that many are still focused on what I’d call the fundamentals of IAM.

SailPoint’s recent Market Pulse Survey showed the same trend – that while emerging technologies present “new” IdM challenges, at the end of the day organizations must still grapple with the basics of controlling “who has access to what.” We at SailPoint believe that the answer lies in a governance-based IAM strategy that allows IT and business to collaborate over compliance processes, user lifecycle management, and access management for applications residing in the datacenter and in the cloud. I’m proud to say that hundreds of customers are implementing that strategy and seeing very real results.

Many of those customers are joining SailPoint this week as we host our inaugural customer conference, Navigate ’13, in our great hometown of Austin, Texas! Navigate ‘13 provides an opportunity for our customers to share best practices with their peers and learn about IAM strategies and best practices. We have an impressive line-up of amazing speakers. It will be an educational few days highlighted by a keynote session by Gartner Research Vice President, Earl Perkins. We’ll also feature a series of product demonstrations, hands-on training, and technical sessions.

To ensure that we capture the great insights and highlights from Navigate ‘13, we are very excited to partner with leading technology commentator, blogger and long-time tech editor, David Strom. David will be our “feet on the street” during Navigate, providing his thoughts and observations on the SailPoint blog. Be sure to check in here throughout the week and follow our real-time #Navigate13 highlights on Twitter from SailPoint (@SailPoint) and David (@dstrom).

I look forward to seeing many of our customers and partners in Austin this week to collaborate, learn and celebrate with some Austin-style music and food!