Creating an Identity & Access Management (IAM) roadmap is an important first step in helping your organization reap the full benefits of its IAM investment, as well as driving organizational understanding and support. While many organizations do a good job of laying out their technical requirements, too often they fail to link their implementations to business outcomes and fail to build the right IAM foundation to solve the organization’s most pressing business problems. As such, they are unable to demonstrate sufficient value to the business and struggle to implement their programs. We are often asked about the benefits of developing a roadmap and have pulled together our thoughts below.
Here are 8 benefits of developing an Identity & Access Management Roadmap before beginning an IAM implementation.
1. Roadmaps link the business strategy with the technology strategy, ensuring better outcomes by tying the project to key business drivers.
2. A roadmap will reveal gaps in the implementation plan so that they can be addressed before they become a problem. For example, data quality issues, process changes, or technology gaps.
3. Prioritization of projects is a key component of developing an effective roadmap, ensuring that the organization is spending its time and resources in the best way.
4. Roadmaps provide a ‘portfolio view’ of your program, so when issues come up decision makers can clearly see the tradeoffs and choices available to meet the organization’s objectives.
5. Roadmaps provide a tool to show the value of the IDM solution across business units, identifying common capabilities that can be leveraged and/or opportunities to share development costs.
6. Sharing your roadmap communicates the plan to different stakeholders so that they can, in turn, use the information in their own planning, as well as providing their guidance and input.
7. The exercise of building and socializing an IDM roadmap builds a common understanding of the plan and a sense of shared ownership, as it will incorporate the opportunities and insights from the broader team.
8. Roadmapping is simply good planning and requires a consideration of technology choices and process changes as an integral part of the project instead of an afterthought. The exercise of building the roadmap paves the way for a smooth implementation.
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