Boston's Bay Back Bay buildings, reflected in the Charles River. The City of Boston was named Identity Management Organization of the Year for its successful launch of its IAM program "Access Boston." (Robbie Shade, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Developing a new identity management program can be a years-long transformation, so it’s best to get off on the right foot. On Tuesday, the first-ever “Identity Management Day,” experts identified key early steps to kick-start fledgling IAM initiatives in the right direction, including: defining the parameters of your program, establishing a governance model, communicating with stakeholders, and finding champions to support your efforts.

First, companies must define what constitutes IAM within their organization and then develop the project’s mission and scope around that.

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