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Not too long ago, identity access management (IAM) hardly warranted a full-time manager. Mostly, these responsibilities were tacked onto other IT employees’ duties. But burgeoning demand for this technology is leading to a convergence of business and IT functions and prompting companies like forest products giant Weyerhaeuser Co. to place ads for full-time IAM technologists. “Convergence is the most significant thing happening in identity management,” says Jonathan Penn, vice president and research director at Forrester Research. “Integration and convergence are upfront costs that pay for themselves over time through lower operational costs and better overall security.”

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