The “Grand Slam” of Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions

It’s summer and the sports of tennis and golf are enjoying their “grand slam” and “major” events (e.g. Wimbledon in tennis and the British Open in golf). Which got me thinking ― is there an equivalent set of “majors” for the Identity and Access Management market?

The two major independent analyst firms in the IT industry — Gartner and Forrester ― spend a lot of time in the identity space, with Gartner publishing various Magic Quadrants and Forrester with its Waves. Magic Quadrants and Waves both measure a company’s current offerings, its strategy, as well as their market presence in terms of customers and revenue. If a company is named a “leader” in either, it is considered a great honor. So, those would be great examples of “majors.” In addition, third party reviewers like Network World do a really good job of rolling up their sleeves and doing comprehensive lab-based product reviews. And finally, a website like Glassdoor looks at companies in terms of how well they are regarded by their actual employees. So, I think all could be good representative proxies for “majors.”

So let me put together a hypothetical “Grand Slam” of identity and access management (IAM).

Let’s first focus on what the two major analyst firms have to say, and let’s focus on the two hottest and fastest growing segments within the IAM uber-market: the Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) market and Privileged Identity Management (PIM) market. Gartner just published a Magic Quadrant (MQ) for IDaaS and Forrester just published a Wave for PIM, so these are both “fresh” and topical.

Let’s start with Gartner and IDaaS, which was released in June of this year and is published annually, Gartner is now its third iteration of its Magic Quadrant for IDaaS (*).

In this report over 14 IDaaS vendors are analyzed from a completeness of vision and an ability to execute perspective, with only three being named as “leaders” in the upper right hand part of the quadrant. Centrify is honored to be recognized by Gartner for the third year in a row and believes our placement in this year’s Leaders’ quadrant validates our unique ability to secure access to apps and infrastructure from any device for all users. So in my mind, being named a leader in this Gartner MQ is a “major” win, and we are pleased to be one of the three so named.

As I look at Centrify’s evolution over the last three years of IDaaS MQs, it has been a nice “up and to the right” trajectory. We are also proud to be the furthest to the right in terms of “completeness of vision” with regard to any other pure-play / non-platform vendor, especially in light that other pure-play vendors may have raised $100+ million more in Venture Capital than us, proving that raising and burning a lot of money does not necessarily buy you vision.

Next up in the grand slam is Forrester and its Wave for PIM.

Centrify was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its Q3 2016 Forrester Wave™ evaluation of Privileged Identity Management vendors. In the report 10 vendors were analyzed, and again we are proud to be named a Leader, receiving the highest ranking (“to the right”) for strategy. So again we are proud to win another “major” in IAM.

Per the report:

“Centrify offers the first SaaS PIM password safe in the industry … [and] … has outstanding support for SaaS apps and IaaS platforms and offers flexible and customizable reporting features.”

In addition, Centrify achieved the highest possible score for the largest number of managed/monitored endpoints — reflecting, in our opinion, the solutions’ wide deployment and enterprise-scale and our unique ability to secure access to infrastructure and apps from any device for all users.

Unlike the Gartner IDaaS MQ, the Forrester PIM is published every two years, and Centrify’s evolution in this was also “up and to the right.”

Next, having analysts look at you is great, but sometimes an exhaustive hands-on review is a great way to know how you stand with regard to other vendor’s solutions. The most comprehensive technical reviewer is Network World, and last year they reviewed identity solutions in the single sign-on space. They looked at seven solutions in their review, and Centrify is proud to be named the “Clear Choice” winner in this shoot-out. So another “major” was handed out, with Centrify grabbing this award outright. See the video for more details.

Finally, another major in my mind is looking at what Glassdoor thinks of the vendor itself. Centrify is pleased to be one of two identity vendors who made the cut for being one of the “best places to work 2016.” Clearly another “major” win by Centrify.


In the end I think it is great for a vendor to be a leader in a single Gartner MQ or a Forrester Wave or a product review, but like the four majors in golf or tennis, winning multiple majors is really the true test of who is doing the best job out there. Centrify is pleased to have this “Grand Slam” of identity and access management in our trophy case. But, we are also cognizant that while outside validation is always great, the most important “match” we play in each and every day is meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers every day, which is our #1 focus.

Be sure to check out:

Our Gartner MQ analysis

Our Forrester Wave analysis

Network World Review

“Best Places to Work” award


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