The increased adoption of cloud computing significantly impacts enterprise IT departments, and in particular it changes how organizations should look at identity and access management (IAM). Enterprises must understand that the evolution to cloud computing affects their IAM strategies in two distinct ways: how it’s used and how it’s deployed.

First, the cloud has created new management challenges because enterprises must now extend the scope of their IAM systems to manage users and their access to cloud applications in addition to their on-premise applications. Second, the growing acceptance of cloud-based management tools has opened up a world of possibilities for implementing IAM-as-a-service, a new approach that can increase business agility and reduce operating costs. Given these two challenges are both critical to the evolution of the enterprise IT infrastructure, it’s time to consider both scenarios.