Integration Developer News has a good article by Adarbad Master on identity and identity rights management. (Alert: many many acronyms but useful to interested parties nonetheless.) Snippets:
Much of the current efforts in securing digital identities have revolved around Identity Management (IdM) – which includes the provisioning, managing and administrating IDs within a company or organizations. The Gartner Group conducted a study of cost/benefits from IdM programs, and found the benefits from managing digital identities in the public and private sectors accrue to both productivity and risk management. Gartner found that while implementation costs for IdM software range from only $5-$25 per user, a company with 10,000 employees that automates provisioning for a portfolio of 12 applications can save about $3.5 million over three years -- and see a potential 295% return on investment.
With numbers like these, IdM projects are climbing to the top of IT technology priorities. Today, one-third (32+%) of large companies plan at least one IdM project in 2005, according to a recent TheInfoPro study.