Identity: The Elephant in the Enterprise Blockchain Room

The adoption of permissioned blockchain technologies in the enterprise is a road full of challenges. The so called Web3 stack based on decentralized ledgers is still fundamentally immature to enable sophisticated enterprise business processes. Among the building blocks missing from enterprise blockchain platforms, identity raises to the top of the list as one of the omnipresent challenges of this new generation of enterprise solutions. At Invector Labs, we are regularly faced with the challenges of enabling identity management capabilities in permissioned blockchain solutions. As a result, we have developed certain ideas of the key capabilities and models of an identity layer for enterprise blockchain solutions which I would like to outline in this article.

Over the last five years, the identity management space experienced a renaissance with the emergence of a new generation of technologies that transition from complex systems such as CA or Microsoft Active Directory to more open, API driven platforms like Okta, Ping Identity, One Login as well as the corresponding stacks in the cloud platforms like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud. These platforms shifted the capabilities of identity from proprietary systems to open protocols such as SAML, OpenID Connect and others. However, this doesn’t mean enterprise identity management technologies are simple and easy to use. Quite the opposite, with the evolution of identity capabilities it also came an increase in the complexity of the requirements of identity management solutions. If look at the current spectrum of identity management architectures in the enterprise, there are a few characteristics that are worth highlighting:

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