Active Directory does seem to be at the heart of everything. Thanks to the persistence of Windows computers, authenticating against AD is the simplest and easiest way to get in to the network. It's a pretty strong ecosystem to start your identity.
The trouble is that your users' identities stretch far and wide nowadays. There are tons of internal systems that they need access to, scads of databases holding pertinent pieces of their identities, even multiple AD accounts belonging to the same person. You have data governance being handled by AD security groups without an easy way of knowing who has what access. You have cloud applications that need to know who your user is and what they can do.
Active Directory is the most essential identity repository while somehow being peripheral. It's weird. I have spent most of my career in identity management (dating back to Isocor/Critical Path) thinking that metadirectories are too complicated to be truly useful. But EmpowerID's metadirectory has changed my mind.
EmpowerID is so simple to manage thanks to the workflow designer that it might even be easier to manage than Active Directory itself. And it provides all of the IAM functionality that you need, right in one central place. Built on the principles of easy to manage workflow and integrated RBAC, you populate all of your users' identity information in once place. Authentication to internal and cloud apps happens right there. Group management and data governance are combined and centralized even if you have multiple ADs. And user provisioning into any system becomes easy.
Active Directory is an essential piece to Identity Management but it is very incomplete without a strong IAM suite. You know, like EmpowerID. Click the link below and we can demonstrate how IAM can build off of AD but not be restricted by it.