Identity Migration

Discover the Migration Benefits of Maverics Identity Discovery

Discover the migration benefits of Maverics Identity Discovery

 

The march to the cloud continues in full force with many companies focused on digital transformation initiatives. Business Transformation and modernization start with moving legacy identities and applications to the cloud. The initial phase of an identity migration project is to locate and inventory identities across a disparate legacy network environment. The recently launched free Maverics Identity Discovery tool reduces locating, inventorying, and analyzing identities down to a 10-minute process. We will outline the benefits of Maverics Identity Discovery below as featured in recent publications. 

This lightweight and versatile tool catalogs your apps and identities and then generates a complexity score for each app that can estimate the effort required for migration. The score is based on interdependencies and other factors including a number of rules, responses, headers, and custom code.

A big challenge when migrating legacy apps to the cloud is figuring out what to do with all your apps that reside in on-premises identity systems. 

As Eric Leach, Chief Product Officer for Strata said in a Betanews article, “Several factors are driving the migration of on-premises identity systems and apps to the cloud, including end-of-life (EOL) deadlines, reducing licensing costs, security concerns, and modernization initiatives.”

The first step to performing an identity migration is to locate the identities. This has typically been a manual process that can be incredibly tedious work depending on the number of applications and associated identity stores. Beyond the desire to benefit from using leading-edge cloud-based software, there are other factors driving cloud migrations. 

Why are identity migrations necessary?

Many legacy applications rely on identity systems that are nearing their EOL. The desire to move applications to the cloud along with security concerns is driving cloud adoption. It’s no surprise that many companies have cloud migrations in process or in the planning phases. 

A recent article from SC Magazine pointed to Strata’s State of Multi-Cloud 2021 Report backing this assumption, “According to recent Strata research, some 70% of organizations say they have an active cloud migration project planned this year because most on-premises identity systems are nearing end of life and will no longer be supported in 2022.”

Identity migrations are compounded in complexity when user credentials are stored in Active Directory (AD), LDAP directories, SQL databases, and within the applications themselves. Organizations have made significant investments in these directories and want to extend their investment to the cloud. 

If the attributes of each identity are not mapped correctly during a cloud migration, then many challenges can occur around security and access. Some users may end up with not enough access (or too much access) which introduces productivity and security concerns. 

Compliance is also an ongoing challenge whenever you’re dealing with identities and identity migrations. Who has access to what applications and data? Demonstrating compliance means being able to provide a report where sensitive data resides. It’s hard to feel confident about your compliance initiatives when you have no idea where all your identities reside

The problem with legacy IdPs

Without a clear understanding of where your identities exist, a cloud migration project can quickly go off the rails in terms of time and cost. 

A recent CDO Trends article stated that, “The most critical early phase in a cloud migration project is application assessment, as it helps to determine which cloud migration approach should be used for each application. Failing to fully assess the workloads to be migrated is a common mistake, resulting in incomplete specification of migration requirements and downstream scope creep.”

A garden, if not weeded regularly, will soon be overrun with weeds. Legacy IdPs (identity platforms) are like a garden that has grown for many years without weeding. Identities have grown up like silos with many applications relying on their own identity systems. Where to begin in an identity migration can seem daunting when there is no clear view of what you already have. 

We need a new approach to alleviating the manual process of finding identities.

Benefits of Maverics Identity Discovery

Maverics Identity Discovery solves this challenge. Even better, it’s a free command-line tool and browser interface that can quickly identify existing legacy app identity environments and then analyze and visualize them for migration planning. 

One of the main benefits of Maverics Identity Discovery is that it delivers a single comprehensive view of the following attributes:

  • Agents and agent groups
  • Domains
  • Realms
  • Rules
  • Responses, response attributes, and headers where attributes are set
  • Resources (e.g. URLs)
  • User directories
  • Global settings (rules, responses, etc.)
  • Identity system access logs that show various user and app activities

Faster, simpler cloud migrations

There’s now a way to quickly and easily prepare for your identity migrations by using this tool to extract, analyze, and visualize enterprise identity information. A newly calculated Complexity Score allows you to prioritize which applications and identities you begin to migrate first. Additionally, the tool is run locally on your network, so all information gathered remains private to the organization using it.

No more procrastinating your migration planning. With Maverics Identity Discovery you can take the first step in your identity migration in minutes. Try Discovery today!

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