So how can a CIO extend, integrate, and modernize their identity infrastructure to solve for these common new use cases?
Fortunately, an alternative to traditional proprietary IAM vendors exists. Open source IAM was built from the ground up, tailored to the needs of the modern Web, and equipped to handle IAM requirements across cloud, social, mobile, and enterprise systems.
Open source IAM can rescue the modern web
Open source IAM is able to adapt to the modern Web where legacy IAM vendors cannot, for several key reasons.
Open source IAM products are designed to be unified, lightweight, modular, and scalable. This allows them to quickly and easily adapt to the ever-changing, ever-growing requirements of the modern Web. Legacy products were built by acquisition over time, making their solutions inherently piecemeal, bulky, and complex—and thus ultimately time-consuming to implement and inefficient in practice.
The open source build process itself facilitates organized, lightweight, and efficient design that can adapt to the shifting security needs of the modern Web. With access to the source code, a wider community of developers works together to develop fixes, innovations, and stable new releases, checking each other’s work for fewer bugs and quicker fixes. Unlike the traditional development process, the users have the opportunity to evaluate and critique the actual code, not just how it works but how it was written to work. This doesn’t just make open source IAM the fastest, most adaptable solution on the market, but also the safest, most secure IAM solution available.
Developers are also notoriously hesitant to release code with their name on it without thoroughly vetting it first, lest they lose credibility with the entire community. Because the world can see their work, developers strive for a great product that earns them the respect of their fellow developers, maximizing quality.
The collaborative nature of open source IAM also speeds development, making open source IAM highly responsive to consumer needs and quick to release product updates, fixes, patches, and stable new versions, thus providing great value for money.
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