About this Constellation ShortList™

Cloud Identity Management (CIM) is a segment of Identity and Access Management (IDAM). CIM is a natural evolution of hosted identity provisioning services and has boomed over the past several years. Drivers for growth in this category include the scale, flexibility and elasticity of cloud services, superior security of cloud services compared with roll-your-own enterprise security, and rich IDAM functionality offered by service providers.

Additional CIM features commonly include application-level integration of Office 365 products, a pre-integrated catalog of third-party applications that will seamlessly consume the cloud-issued identity, different levels of mobility support, different multi-factor authentication (MFA) mechanisms, and the option of on-prem deployment of the identity management servers.

CIM has revolutionized enterprise identity management, getting new employees online quicker, outsourcing the help desk, standardizing account lifecycle management and improving its security, broadening the utility of employee log-ons by connecting them to many more platforms and external services, and bringing newer authentication technologies into the enterprise faster, especially MFA and mobile-as-second-factor.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Single sign-on
  • User provisioning admin functions
  • Directory/LDAP integration
  • Comprehensive user account lifecycle management
  • Multi-factor authentication options
  • Reporting
  • Richness of the third-party application catalog
  • Integration with mobile platforms
  • External and social ID federation

Identity management and authentication are rapidly evolving fields and deliver mission-critical functionality to the heart of the enterprise. Constellation therefore considers the strength of the provider’s R&D and standards programs, and looks for vendors active in the tech community, committed to innovation and technological excellence.

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates over 25 solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • ForgeRock
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Okta
  • OneLogin
  • Ping Identity
  • Salesforce Identity
  • VMware

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed. 

Evaluation Services

If you would like to put our extensive expertise in vendor selections and contact negotiations to work for you, please contact us at ShortList@constellationr.com.

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