Raise your “Identity IQ” Score on ID Management Day
Happy Identity Management Day 2023!
While of course identity security is important all year long, ID day celebrates its unique significance in the broader conversation of online security, identity governance, and ensuring data remains in the right hands.
To help you stay identity smart this year, we sat down with identity expert Jacqui Taylor to learn her top five SailPoint implementation best practices. Here’s what she had to say.
Drive Early Stakeholder Engagement
It’s essential to engage key stakeholders and end-users early on in the SailPoint IdentityIQ implementation process, Jacqui stressed. Understanding their needs and pain points will help you drive solutions that address clearcut issues and add tangible value.
In fact, Jacqui said, the earlier you involve them, the more likely you are to identify potential issues and find solutions that work for everyone. Implementing early input shows stakeholders and users that you value their opinion, while saving time on the deployment end and ensuring a smoother launch overall.
Clean Data Results in Fewer Problems
Poor data quality can have a huge negative impact on the accuracy and effectiveness of your SailPoint implementation, Jacqui told us. That’s why it’s so important to start yourself off on the right foot by making time to clean application and entitlement data before you start. Think of it as cultivating a nice clean working station for yourself—wouldn’t you rather cook in a clean kitchen than a messy one?
Data quality issues are much easier to address early in the implementation process before the system is up and running, rather than later on down the line when too many moving parts make it difficult to sort through data.
Automate, Automate, Automate
Find opportunities to automate wherever possible in your IdentityIQ implementation, Jacqui advised. Automating processes can improve efficiency, reduce errors, and free up time for more strategic work, so taking advantage of automation now can save you a lot of stress and anxiety later.
Try looking for opportunities to leverage IdentityIQ’s foundational functionality to drive automation and reduce manual work. You’ll thank yourself later!
Audit and Compliance
Similar to much of the prep work needed for implementing SailPoint, when it comes to audit and compliance, Jacqui emphasized the importance of starting early.
It’s essential to consider audit and compliance as early as possible, she said. Work within your team to develop repeatable reporting that helps easily answer key compliance questions, ensuring the process remains as quick and painless as possible. Meeting regulatory requirements can sometimes be stressful, but coming up with a formula and reusing it each time can help take away some of the pressure!
Know your Requirements
When preparing to implement SailPoint IdentityIQ, it’s imperative to define the requirements you want to operate under to ensure you meet your goals, Jacqui suggested. Decide on a destination, and then figure out how to get there together.
Having clear goals and objectives will help keep the project on track and ensure that everyone is working toward the same end result. Take the time to define requirements upfront so that everyone is on the same page from the beginning. This will help avoid scope creep and ultimately make sure your implementation meets all of your organization’s needs, Jacqui explained.
Prepare for Success
We hope these tips and best practices give you some insight on your IdentityIQ journey! When starting any new project, it’s important to be prepared. This is especially true of a complex but very necessary undertaking like implementing SailPoint. But by starting early, aligning your goals, and taking advantage of SailPoint automation, it’s easy to create a successful path to implementation and #BeIDSmart.