Forgerock and Ping Identity – the merger that only matters to customers!
What does this mean for the Identity & Access Management market and customers?
In terms of buy-and-build strategy, direct competitors tend to be suboptimal; complementary products and services that can be used to extend a platform and make the product offering more appropriate.
The impact on customers is likely to be significant – Forgerock and Ping Identity are direct competitors and offer equivalent software products and solutions. There will inevitably be a consolidation of the product range, which will lead to a change for customers, for example through associated migrations. What will change for customers and when is not yet foreseeable, the internal tug-of-war and trench warfare between Ping Identity and Forgerock has probably only just begun. Such uncertainty is nevertheless a major risk for any strategic software solution, especially for Identity & Access Management.
A consolidation to the detriment of Forgerock and Ping Identity?
The merger will tie up internal resources, and both the organizational merger and the migration of customers is going to be a challenge. This can have an impact on the innovative strength and product roadmap.
For the competition, this is a thoroughly pleasing development; competitors who are preoccupied with themselves strengthen the position of the competition. In addition, competitors may hope to attract migrated customers from Forgerock and Ping Identity as they may become frustrated with a pending migration, lack of innovation, or other pending changes.
The Identity & Access Management market is very broad and even if Forgerock and Ping Identity are among the larger players in the market, there is no reason to fear any impact on the innovative power or developments in the market.
The merger of Forgerock and Ping Identity is therefore only important for customers, is not further relevant for the market, and has neither a positive nor a negative impact.
For customers and especially for interested parties, now is the time to look at an alternative Identity & Access Management solution, e.g., the leading European Cloud Identity & Access Management – cidaas.
cidaas, the European cloud identity and access management system from Widas ID GmbH, delivers an out-of-the-box solution for federated identities, single sign-on and multifactor authentication. With cidaas, companies create unique user identification and maximum security across all channels. Based on the standards OAuth2.0, OpenID and its “Everything is an API” architecture, cidaas can be seamlessly integrated into any software landscape and scales effortlessly up to many millions of users.