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Nick Nikols, Managing Director & Principal Consulting Analyst

Nick has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry, architecting solutions and developing innovative products for identity, security and compliance management, as well as directory services and directory/application integration.

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Before working with TechVision Research, Nick was Senior Vice President of Product Management and CTO of Cybersecurity at CA Technologies, where he was responsible for CA’s Cybersecurity Product Strategy and Roadmap.  At CA, he was particularly focused on modernizing CA’s Identity-centric Security portfolio and successfully promoted CA’s Identity Manager and Access Governance solution into a leadership position within Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration

Nick joined CA following 2 ½ years at Gartner as an industry analyst. At Gartner, Nick conducted research and authored reports pertaining to topics such as Identity in the Cloud, Authorization and Role Management, Access Governance, Privileged Account Management, and Directory Services.

Prior to his work at Gartner, Nick was CTO and General Manager of Identity and Windows Management business units at Quest Software where he was responsible for corporate product strategy spanning all six business units.  As General Manager, Nick was responsible for the strategy and P&L for both the Identity and Access Management and the Windows Management and Migration businesses at Quest – which combined was worth over $400M in annual revenue.

Before his time at Quest, Nick spent five years as Novell’s VP of Product Management for Identity and Security – with the last year and a half of that also holding the role of Novell’s CTO for Security.

Previously, Nick was a Senior Analyst with the Identity and Privacy Strategies Service at Burton Group, where he authored many reports ranging from topics such as fine-grained authorization and identity services to identity management governance and directory services.

Prior to his work at Burton Group, Nick was a software architect and engineering manager at Novell, where he invented the core technologies behind Novell’s Identity Manager and led the team that brought this product to fruition.

Nick has also presented at numerous industry events, including CA World, Gartner Identity and Access Management Summits, Gartner’s Catalyst Conferences, RSA Security Conference, Novell’s BrainShare conferences, The Directory Expert’s Conference, Interop, and Digital ID World conferences.

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The Cloudification of Identity—IDaaS Market Overview

The time is right for most organizations to consider moving some, or all, of their on-premise identity management to an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) model. The combination of a pervasive movement to the cloud, a largely disappearing perimeter, the proliferation of IoT devices, the need to integrate external identities, the recognized value of contextual identity, the movement to decentralized identity and the requirement for a flexible IT infrastructure are all contributing to this movement to IDaaS.

This report describes the IDaaS value proposition, the current state of IDaaS as well as the vendor landscape.  Since most organization’s IAM is not totally cloud-based, we’ll examine co-existence and migration paths as well as typical migration planning timeframes.

We’ll also consider key enterprise IDaaS requirements in light of major vendor offerings and will include our IDaaS vendor short list in this report. For most organizations, it isn’t if they will move to IDaaS, it is when and we’ll provide a roadmap guidance for this transition.

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