The benefit of open source is that modifications of general interest can be vetted and accepted into the code base much faster, diminishing the need for additional development work on the part of the customer, or expensive requests for custom code from legacy IAM vendors.
Over time, open source has the power to bring identity and access management code development for the majority of companies—big and small—into alignment, thereby establishing a safe, useful, efficient, and elegantly architected IAM standard for the modern Web.
And at the end of the day, open source IAM is investment protection. When a proprietary vendor decides to stop supporting one of its products and announces “end-of- life,”the installed base of customers have few options other than to replace it, a far too common scenario that comes with high cost and risk to the business. Open source products, on the other hand, do not suffer this risk. With access to the source code, the larger technology marketplace will continue to support and innovate products and solutions where there is customer need.
The open source model presents a highly attractive alternative as enterprises seek out lightweight, flexible IAM solutions that can accommodate both the standard needs of the traditional, on-premises enterprise, and dynamic requirements of the modern Web, whether mobile, social, or in the cloud.
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