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Modernizing SAP Cloud Identity by Fostering Collaborations

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⇨ Recently, SAP announced that the maintenance for SAP IDM will end in 2027, with extended maintenance staying available until 2030.

⇨ Following this, SAP began building a new strategy that would allow SAP users to successfully migrate to the alternative access management system while achieving required modernization, and this is how SAP and Microsoft collaboration was born.

⇨ Collaborations like this are especially important for those companies that are currently migrating to the cloud because they can help improve their security posture, upgrade user experience and optimize operational efficiency.

SAP users know that the SAP Identity Management (IDM) component is a useful solution to align businesses’ lifecycle management with key processes running in cloud and on-premise solutions. It serves as a tool that could help define role-based, compliant user access rights and identity management across enterprise applications while giving IT the centralized data, alerts, and reporting needed to maintain control and manage risk.

However, recently, SAP announced that the maintenance for SAP IDM will end in 2027. Extended maintenance will be available until 2030, giving organizations the time to plan and execute a well-considered migration strategy. Following this, SAP began building a new strategy that would not only allow SAP users to find a replacement for IDM but also achieve the possibility of installment of an even more modernized, fast, and secure platform for identity and access solutions.

Thus, a collaboration between SAP and Microsoft was born. SAP IDM’s clients will now be able to seamlessly migrate to Microsoft’s Entra ID, a cloud-based identity and access management solution, and continue ongoing enterprise-wide identity and access management.

The future benefits that SAP users can expect from the adoption of Microsoft Entra ID is the utilization of innovative cloud technology, including generative AI, zero trust strategies, and decentralized identity. Former IDM clients can also look forward to being able to customize access policies based on their specific needs and requirements, ensuring that they have the optimal level of security and usability for their applications and services, regardless of where they are hosted or accessed. This way, users can enjoy a consistent identity experience across different platforms, improving productivity and overall user satisfaction.

Modernizing identity technology by moving to a cloud-based solution like Microsoft Entra ID can help organizations reach their digital transformation more smoothly and at a lower cost. Collaborations like the one between SAP and Microsoft can especially serve as a critical and essential step toward improving an organization’s security posture. Specifically, it can assist in protecting its users and resources from identity threats, while also improving user experience and optimizing operational efficiency.

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