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WS02 leads the pack
Digital transformation leader, WSO2 ( has been an overall leader, technology leader, and innovation leader in the latest KuppingerCole Analysts’ CIAM Platforms Leadership Compass 2020 report.

Based on KuppingerCole’s evaluation of 20 leading vendors in the consumer identity and access management (CIAM) market (also known as IAM), the report highlights several strengths of WSO2 Identity Server ( including great support for IAM standards, an API-first strategy that facilitates integration with other IAM and security systems, a good selection of authenticators, high scalability, and an extensive global partner network.  

The report also awarded WSO2 Identity Server the highest ranking, “strong positive,” in four of five categories: security, functionality, interoperability, and deployment, as well as a “positive” rating for usability.  Whilst WSO2’s leadership in two categories: product and innovation, and strong placement in the market category, resulted in the company being named an overall leader in the report.

“WSO2 has a good reputation in IAM and is quickly expanding in the CIAM market as they add features,” says John Tolbert, Lead Analyst at KuppingerCole.  “WSO2 is a global company with an extensive support and partner network.  Organizations which prefer open source integration solutions should consider WSO2 for their CIAM and Identity API security needs.”

“In delivering digital solutions, you need to find the right balance between robust security and an inviting customer experience.  We have invested extensively in empowering developers to go beyond traditional IAM to meet these demands,” says Geethika Cooray, Vice President and Head of WSO2 Identity and Access Management at WSO2.  “We are honored to be recognized as a leader in innovation, product capabilities, and overall in KuppingerCole’s ‘CIAM Platforms Leadership Compass 2020’ report.  We view it as recognition of how our WSO2 Identity Server delivers the CIAM capabilities digital businesses need to ensure that each customer’s experience is rich, intuitive, and built on trust.”

To help educate enterprises, WSO2 has produced a webinar with KuppingerCole, “The Role of Customer Identity & Access Management in Digital Transformation”.  In the session, now available on demand, KuppingerCole Senior Analyst and Lead Advisor Matthias Reinwarth explains how CIAM helps to achieve digital transformation, best practices in CIAM, and pitfalls to avoid.  He is joined by WSO2 Deputy CTO and Vice President of Security Architecture Prabath Siriwardena, who presents the five pillars essential to a CIAM strategy along with the maturity models for determining the stage of growth.  The webinar recording is available at

WSO2 is making a reprint of the report available for download at
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