Identity management, at times, gets a bad rap. When we consider the act of capturing user information, we sometimes see it as a covert or unethical practice. When we seek to understand a user (employee or customer) behaviour or craft a perception of the user’s character, it is seen as intrusive. This perception of identity and profile data collection may be due to the fact we are seeking to build a “view” of our consumer (employee or customer) by the use of technology. Technology is cold and objective. What if we were to add context to consumer behaviour and profile data. What could we achieve for our consumers, and how could we genuinely craft a more intimate relationship?
Regardless whether you are focusing on employees, customers, partners or recruits, you are targeting consumers. You are seeking to build lasting, meaningful relationships with the consumers of your technology platforms, your product and your services. To better understand why we do what we do as Marketers, Communicators, Developers, Experience designers and Experience Architects, I believe we need to go way, way back to the beginning. Back before, our digital transformations, mobile connectivity and even the TV and the hay days of the broadcast advertiser.
I believe what you will find in the following simple snapshot of the Trousdale’s General Store is what we are all striving for with our digital experiences.
Welcome Back to Ontario Canada in 1836
General dealers were established in the 18th and 19th centuries in many remote populated places where mobility was limited, and a single shop was sufficient to service the entire community. Due to its close connection and confinement to its customers, general dealers often adjusted their sales offerings to the specific preferences of their community.
The oldest continually run general store in Canada is Trousdale’s, located in Sydenham, Ontario, which has been operated by the Trousdale family since 1836.
Sociability has always been a feature, as locals come to chat as well as buy.
Mr. Trousdale – Store owner
Ben Brown – Customer
The year is 1937 in Ontario Canada
Ben Brown has been coming to the Trousdale General Store since he was a child. Mr. Trousdale has known Ben since he was a young boy and has seen him grow into an adult with a family of his own. Ben has grown to trust Mr. Trousdale because Ben respects the life Mr. Trousdale has led. Ben knows Mr. T has been through the First World War, where he served as a field medic, he has seen and done many things. He knows when Mr. T was a boy, he helped his father build this store from the foundation up. Ben sees Mr. T as an advisory on all things, from hardware to medicine to life advice.
Mr. T. has built a relationship with Ben, heck he was invited to Ben’s wedding. He knows that Ben runs the fam about 2 miles out of town. He knows that he will soon be building a new barn for the cattle he is fixing to raise. He knows Ben usually has a set of extra hands to help him, but his sin had taken ill with intense flu. Mr. T knows what Ben will need as soon as he walks through the door.
Access and authentication
Mr. T. Knows exactly who Ben Brown is when he walks through the door.
Mr. T. Knows where Ben lives, How many members are in his family, he knows the condition of their collective health,
Mr. T. knows the supplies Ben will require to take the appropriate action in his day and his life.
Together they form a bond that spans time through generations.
Mr. T. Has the same relationship with his employees, supply partners, and other neighbourhood retailers.
The evolutionary Challenge
The year is 2019. Both Mr. T. And Ben are long since gone. The idea of the general store has faded and made way for big-box retail. The employee has multiplied exponentially, and the customer numbers are in the billions. We no longer reach a couple of miles outside of town; we reach globally. The consumer company relationship has experienced the disruption of scale. The broken bond has increased the distance between customer and company living enterprise organizations with little understanding of their employees, let alone their customer. To increase the divide even further add a layer of cold, emotionless technology and the hope of understanding the customer like Mr. T. Seems impossible.
To compensate, we have tried to leverage our technology through CRM, Supply chain for our partners, HRIS for our employees. To service our customers, we have developed beautiful experiences delivered through applications and media across desktop and mobile devices. All our products and services have digitalized.
We believe that taking a more empathetic customer-first approach to everything we conceive gets us closer to those strong bonds of Trust, Respect and relationship.
Your company has implemented or seeks to achieve a secure IAM (Okta, Ping Identity) Information access management system for employee access. Your organization aims to implement a CIAM (customer information access management system) to reduce friction and create a holistic view of your companies applications.
Build a team of professionals with capabilities in Technical Architecture, Cyber Security, and Development, to name a few. Leverage the technologies that form your technology stack for IAM success. To drive this forward and into the enterprise, you have faced the challenges posed by change management across executive and through lines of business.
Decreased friction targeting employee authentication and access. Each employee has one single identity. This unique identity allows the employee to access all applications and services that the employee is permitted and expected to interface. You will increased security, decreased risk, and reduced the level of effort for the IT teams. This reduction effort means the IT team can focus on proactive actions and innovation. We have empowered our workforce to become more efficient. Through efficiency, we increase our competitive advantage.
We collectively know more now about the attributes of our employees than we ever have. The more migrations and integrations that take place across the LOB, the more we will continue to know. We are amassing an incredible amount of data.
Present Day 2020 and Beyond
Create a foundation for the collection of your customer identities across all digital products services and marketing, and we hope to exact the same outcomes as with our employee efforts. You will require a Federated Customer Identity Access Management (CIAM) system and service to understand your customer better. It is our inference to create a single view of your customer that will communicate a 360 degree understanding of the person we transact.
Build a team of professionals with capabilities in Technical Architecture, Cyber Security, and Development, to name a few. We will procure technologies that form our technology stack for CIAM success. The selected Federated Identity Management technologies will need to traverse, ingest protocols from a more diverse and ambiguous list of applications and media. To drive this forward and into your enterprise, you will face more complicated change management challenges than posed by or employee programs.
In doing so, we will decrease friction concerning customer authentication and access. Each customer will have one single identity. This unique identity allows the employee to access all applications and services that the employee is permitted and expected to interface. We have increased security, decreased risk, and reduced the level of effort for your IT teams. This reduction of energy means the IT team can focus on proactive actions and innovation. We have empowered our workforce to become more efficient. Through this efficiency, we increase our competitive advantage.
Federate Identity Managed Service
Federated Identity Management helps customers reducing passwords, improving customer experience, productivity and security. Businesses benefit through reduced costs associated with password recovery, enhanced security, better data quality and increased customer engagement and revenue.
Federated Identity Management provides the seamless user experience, improves customer engagement and security. Federation also centralizes customer profile data into a Single Customer View for improved customer analytics, segmentation and GDPR compliance.
You will collectively know more about the attributes of our customers than we ever have. The more migrations and integrations that take place across the LOB, the more we will continue to know. We are amassing an incredible amount of data.
Federate Identity Managed Service + Context
Don’t leave any data on the table.
“In a time where differentiation, adaptability, and customer focus are essential business values, it doesn’t make sense that the sources for all activities—the identity and contextual profiles of all users and customers—are spread across incompatible and siloed applications.”
We have improved the employee and customer experience by reducing friction, increasing security, delivering transparency, and building trust. Your collective digital and physical experiences create an enormous amount of momentum and DATA. What do we do with the data? How can we better serve our customers like MR T.? We need to know the customer. Modernized Identity Management makes way for a deeper understanding, which creates new relationships with the customer that last.
Federated Identity Management does not just provide your customers with a single identifier across all your consumer-facing applications. You also connect to internal-facing applications. If we include applications used for marketing, sales and Human Capitol, we are capturing exponentially more, highly contextual consumer data. When duplications are removed, living a single identifier, we have a robust 306-degree view of your customer.
Your Enterprise organization
The Customer – People
The Workforce – People
Partners – People
Device, Technology, Applications – Things
Data – Contextual Identity Intelligence
Value to your Organization
Inform Application Development and Procurement, Inform Product Development, Empower a more agile competitive, innovative Enterprise,
Value to your Customer
Trust, Transparency, Empower, Personalization, Sense of ownership and control, World-class experience, A sense of connection to something greater, Strong, lasting relationship.
With Federated Identity Managed Services, we are taking a DMP that exists for one purpose in one line of business in one application and connecting it to hundreds of DMPS. FID provides a complete view, a clear picture of who that person is. FID provides a contextual understanding of that person. My actions will be different when engaging your customer-facing marketing than when I engage your customer internal activities and employee engagements. All engagements that tie to the single identity help describe who I am. If we group and divide these individual persons into groups and further divided into segments, Your will have the ability to:
- Better support Business Strategies
- Enhance customer experience both offline and online through Your media and applications
- Strengthen Relationships
- Deliver Personalized Experiences
- Increase Consumer Satisfaction
- Extend Lifecycles
- Generate Competitive Advantage
- Increase in Revenue
- Delight the consumer
- Deliver Personalization
- Improve Customer Retention
- Increase Productivity
- Improve Operational Efficiency
- Innovate faster
- Iterate with agility
- Discover hidden opportunities
- Target communications
- Elevate consumer experience and satisfaction
- Act locally or globally
- Service consumers across silos
- Increase upset and Cross-Sell opportunities
- Build better products
- Mitigate risk
- Enforce policy
- Reduce Support Costs
- Reduce Employee Attrition
- Build Brand
- Build Culture
- Educate and inform
We have built a team of professionals with capabilities in Cyber Security, Data Science, Change Management, Business Strategy, Communications, Marketing, UI/UX, Development, Design Thinking, LOB Stakeholders, Executive Sponsors, to name a few. We will procure technologies that allow the team mine data and make it actionable.
- Provide proactive and reactive services to surface consumer intelligence and support critical business strategy continually.
- Empower Brand, Marketing, Sales, Human Capital, Business Development, Product Development, Partner programs across all lines of business.
- Deliver timely consumer intel through an internally accessible web presence.
- Provide extended benefits and access to data for Business units that partner with the CIIT (Consumer Identity Intelligence Team)