For most IT departments, a mixture of Windows and non-Windows platforms is simply a fact of life. However, reducing IT complexity has become a critical issue in the past few years as an uncertain economy has put renewed focus on reducing expenses and leveraging existing investments. At the same time, security and compliance have become even more critical as organizations cope with a dynamic business environment that includes mergers and acquisitions, staff reductions, and outsourcing.
This white paper examines the identity and access management challenges associated with controlling, securing and auditing access to an increasingly heterogeneous IT environment and examines the difficult choices that organizations are facing. A compelling business and technical case is made for addressing these challenges by leveraging Microsoft Active Directory — a scalable, robust infrastructure most organizations have already deployed — for centralized identity and access management across heterogeneous systems and applications.