Email is not only a key marketing channel -- it is also the most important tool in obtaining application permissions and entitlements within companies, judging by the Identity Management Survey, a study by Gradient Flow, sponsored by ClearSkye.
Of the firms polled, 50% use email to govern access and permissions, with 54% of IT staff saying they do so, and 44% in non-IT job functions following suit.
Second on this list -- and utilized by 47% overall -- are ITSM/Workforce management platforms.
In addition, email is used for permissions at 44% of large companies, 47% of medium-sized ones and 57% of small businesses.
In contrast, ITSM/Workforce management platforms are used by 55% of large entities, 51% of medium-sized outfits and 38% of small firms.
The smaller firms surveyed are more likely to use Google’s platform and tools, while larger firms cite Microsoft 365 at a higher rate.
Of respondents at large companies, 35% says their firm uses ServiceNow. In addition, 28% in IT uses more than 10 SaaS or on-premise application each week, versus 20 in non-IT roles.
Overall, two-thirds use AI and machine learning to improve identity management.
Gradient Flow surveyed 514 respondents in February/March 2022. Of those, 62% hold job functions in Information Technology and 25% work in the Computer Software industry.