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SAP Shapes the Future of IAM: The Digital Identity Revolution


Imagine a world where your digital identity is as fluid and secure as your real-world identity. A world where you can access all the systems and applications you need with a single login, where your personal information is protected by default, and where companies can manage user identities efficiently and in compliance with global regulations. Welcome to the future of Identity and Access Management (IAM), led by SAP.

Ciclo de vida da identidade no futuro do IAM

Figure 1: Identity Lifecycle


The Digital Identity Lifecycle

At the heart of this revolution is the concept of the identity lifecycle. As shown in the image above, this cycle spans from the moment a user connects to an organization until the end of that relationship. But make no mistake—this is not a simple, linear process. It’s a complex dance of authentication, authorization, compliance, and privacy.

SAP, with its suite of cloud identity services, is expertly choreographing this dance. The SAP Cloud Identity Services acts as a unified front, allowing companies to seamlessly integrate their existing IAM systems with SAP’s cloud solutions. It’s like having a universal translator for all your digital identity needs.

Real-World Scenarios: B2E, B2C, and B2B

But how does this translate into the real world? Let’s explore three common scenarios:

  • B2E (Business-to-Employee):

Imagine Sarah, a sales manager who needs to access both on-premise and cloud systems. With the SAP solution, Sarah can log in once and seamlessly navigate between all the necessary systems while maintaining her appropriate authorizations in each one.


Gerenciamento de Identidade e Acesso para B2E no futuro do IAM

Figure 2: Identity and Access Management for B2E


  • B2C (Business-to-Consumer):

Think of Tom, an online store customer. He wants a personalized shopping experience but also wants control over his personal data. The SAP Customer Data Cloud solution allows the store to offer this personalized experience while giving Tom the power to manage his data consent.


Gerenciamento de Identidade e Acesso para B2C no futuro do IAM

Figure 3: Identity and Access Management for B2C


  • B2B (Business-to-Business):

Consider a partnership between two companies. The SAP B2B IAM solution enables them to manage user access between organizations while maintaining security and compliance.


The Architecture Behind the Magic

Behind this seemingly magical experience lies a robust and flexible architecture. The heart of this architecture is SAP Cloud Identity Services, which includes:


  • Identity Authentication: The guardian that verifies you are who you claim to be.
  • Identity Provisioning: The digital HR manager that creates and manages user accounts across all systems.
  • Identity Directory: The central ledger that keeps all identity information organized.

But SAP doesn’t stop there. They are constantly innovating, with new services like the Authorization Management Service, which promises to revolutionize how we manage permissions in complex environments.


The Future is Based on Standards


A crucial aspect of SAP’s approach is the commitment to industry standards such as SAML, OIDC, and SCIM. This isn’t just technical jargon—it’s the assurance that your IAM solution will be interoperable and future-proof.

Padrões de indústria SAML, OIDC e SCIM no futuro do IAM

Figure 4: Industry Standards SAML, OIDC, and SCIM


Conclusion: Your Digital Identity, Your Control

As we move towards an increasingly digital world, managing identities and access becomes more crucial than ever. SAP is at the forefront of this revolution, offering solutions that not only meet current needs but also anticipate future challenges.

Whether you’re a CIO looking to simplify IAM in your organization, a developer integrating systems, or simply someone concerned about your online privacy, SAP’s approach to the identity lifecycle offers an exciting vision of the future—a future where your digital identity is as secure, flexible, and under your control as your real-world identity.


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