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Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure by Marco Parenzan, Roberto Freato

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Outsourcing Identity and Access Management

I've been working for a decade with companies struggling to implement complex custom solutions for IAM. The reason is probably because standards arrived just in recent years; before, it was too easy to implement a custom solution to look ahead to the complexity and the total cost of ownership that a custom IAM may hide.

Let's recap the basic features of a (custom or out-of-the-box) IAM solution:

  • Identify an individual
  • Assign roles or, generally, attributes to those individuals
  • Grant a valid pass to enter the application

In addition to these features, an IAM solution must provide users with a generic framework to build the company's applications by segregating the responsibilities of who develops an application ...

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