Many people have been telling me that identity budgets have been cut due to the tough economic recession we're in. In fact, when I hear this, I laugh inside. These people don't understand how identity management can help lift sales, reduce inventory and be an essential component in outsourcing to reduce costs.
Derek Small from Nulli Secundus and I wrote a paper this spring "Successfully selling identity management in tough economic times". It's a good read that emphasizes business benefits and doesn't view identity management as a technology.