In today’s digital age, for an organization to succeed, it must have a strong IT function. That IT function will not be at its best, however, if it is missing a close partnership with the business components of the organization. In many organizations IAM is seen as an IT responsibility. While some of the IAM related tasks and activities can be considered IT-related, others are not. Without clear understanding of the different tasks and responsibiities in the field of IAM, the success of IAM related programs will be limited.
This article argues for the need for explicit strategic alignment, also referred to as business-to-IT alignment, between IT efforts around IAM, particularly access management, and the business needs of an organization. Lack of this type of alignment leads to failed IAM projects and blocked business maturity growth.