By 2011, hosted IAM and IAM as a service will account for 20 per cent of IAM revenue.I've discussed managed services for Identity Management in previous posts. I think it's a natural progression. Identity and Access Management is an extremely complicated technology-set. Any given IT shop's ability to maintain the right skills to support an IAM environment is probably more costly (in effort and dollars) than outsourcing that function to specialists. And this certainly appears to be the beginning of an Era of Cost where cost has moved up the list of decision influencers.
I'm honestly a bit surprised and impressed to see Gartner come out on this one. I tend to think of them as a bit more conservative – making predictions that follow a trend that has already begun. Has this trend started to take shape or is Gartner a bit agressive on this one?