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Further, companies must consider total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) factors. Legacy IGA solutions stick enterprises with hardware purchasing, ongoing maintenance expenses, and comlex — or potentially impossible — upgrades. The standard data center paradigm is a constant loop of replacing old systems and supporting backup hardware to swap out when old systems fail. The cloud paradigm eliminates the upgrade cycle trap.
Companies often underestimate the impact of these efforts and costs relative to cloud alternatives, shares Saviynt’s Sr. Director, Product and Partner Success, Harvi Nagpal. “On top of the costs for underlying servers and hardware, there are teams dedicated to maintaining the infrastructure and expensive contracts with third-party service providers to support maintenance packages.”
These factors create complexity and ultimately reduce long-term value. Nagpal suggests C-level leaders ask themselves, “Do I invest in a platform that will take months to implement, or are there solutions available that let me focus on workflow migration versus installation?”
ComputerWeekly also suggests assessing whether the platform can meet the regulatory requirements for consent management, access requests and approval, regular access review, and the management and enforcement of SoD rules.
Focus on the original premise of improvement too, knowing that your IGA platform is the primary means for enforcing critical governance and compliance policies. “Whether you’re a healthcare company under HIPAA or a financial services company under SOC or PCI DSS mandates, you need to know the controls, metrics, and capabilities a modern IGA platform enables,” shares Nagpal.