LikeMinds Consulting: Re-innovating IAM for Diverse Sectors and Businesses of All Sizes
But one may ask how does this relate to the entrepreneurial realm? Just like Jordan, an organization should have a laser-like focus on a single core competency to establish an impeccable brand identity. Rather than chasing every opportunity, identifying and prioritizing a unique business strength can help an organization stand apart in the crowd. The CIO of LikeMinds Consulting, Sagar Mandava, shares a similar ideology. He says, “Identity and Access Management (IAM) is our specialty. We did not venture into other spaces and stayed focused on the IAM domain, and this has earned us a lot of recognition and respect in the industry.”
Notably, today, LikeMinds Consulting is a leading provider of IAM services that focuses on systems integration, application security, governance, risk, and compliance solutions, and consulting and managed services—making them the MVP of the IAM space. As a service provider for Ping Identity suite, Sail Point, Radiant Logic, and Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions, LikeMinds Consulting is a trusted partner to many organizations, redefining their IAM infrastructure. “We help organizations modernize their IAM architecture and prepare for a secured future,” says Mandava.
How it all began…
Founded in 2005, LikeMinds began working with market-leading company Oracle and gradually developed an expertise in their products. In 2012, LikeMinds made a strategic decision to invest in an up and coming company, Ping Identity, known for its single sign-on authentication. To add more software vendors to its portfolio, in 2014, LikeMinds aligned with SailPoint, an identity management and governance provider.
This journey of adding vendors to its portfolio indicates LikeMinds’ ability to predict new, agile, and high-caliber companies. Mandava says, “Our leadership team strongly believes in the ability to foresee things based on our deep industry knowledge.” An example of that is the combined industry experience of more than 50 years between Mandava and Ramnath Krishnamurthi, CEO of LikeMinds Consulting, which has kept the innovational ship of the company continually steering forward.
With its cost-effective services spanning through advising, integrating, maintaining, and accelerating the complete identity and security solution, LikeMinds offers full-fledged services right from the kick-off of a project to all through to its maintenance. The subject matter experts’ (SMEs) of LikeMinds leverage their technical know-how to evaluate client’s requirements at each stage of the digital transformation journey and provide service accordingly. Moreover, LikeMinds also offers managed support services to its clients in terms of overlooking project implementation. The experienced employees become an extension of the client’s workforce to keep an eye on the client’s day-to-day requirements and help them maintain their systems.
As a testament to LikeMinds services, Mandava shares a client success story. A city government was looking to reduce the operational complexity and streamline the interaction between the city population and the municipalities.
They decided to deploy Oracle Virtual Directory 11g, SharePoint integration, and upgrade their existing web-based IAM platform. When the client issued a public tender, many big technology giants such as Microsoft, IBM, Infosys, Accenture, and 15 other companies were competing for the bid. Despite the presence of such tech giants, the city government decided to go with the proven expertise of LikeMinds. The client said, “We trust LikeMinds as they are very simple, and they have the expertise to deliver the product on time.” LikeMinds completed the project two years ago and helped the city government migrate their entire IAM infrastructure in the shortest possible timeline.
With its cost-effective services spanning through advising, integrating, maintaining, and accelerating the complete identity and security solution, LikeMinds offers full-fledged services right from the kick-off of a project to through its maintenance
These illustrated experiences have now made LikeMinds a perfect partner of choice for organizations looking to deploy a stronger identity and access management system amid the current pandemic. As employees are expected to work from home, it raises an important question for organizations: How do we protect our employees’ identity and security? The experts at LikeMinds believe one of the quick answers to this question is multi-factor authentication (MFA). Organizations can implement the MFA protocol in no time, thereby securing the identities of the employees working from different places. The CIO of the company further adds that the popularity of MFA is now becoming a critical driver of the Zero Trust Model that was already on the horizon of the pre-pandemic world. As security has now become more critical than ever, many organizations have already positioned their products to support the Zero Trust framework. “And we are helping business leverage those technologies,” says Mandava.
LikeMinds’ such stellar performance even in the current COVID-19 pandemic situation is supported by its capable workforce. Today, while we hear that several companies are laying people off and reducing their pay during the pandemic, LikeMinds has hired people and provided regular appraisals to its employees. By doing so, LikeMinds is prepared to handle the influx of work when things go back to normal. Driven by building relationships and garnering trust, LikeMinds has earned the top spot as an IAM consulting company. However, as Mandava points out, “It is just one aspect of what LikeMinds brings to the table. The service-oriented company has also recently started to commercialize its in-house solution accelerators. These products can help customers either totally migrate out of their legacy systems or coexist with the current IAM systems. Through these efforts, LikeMinds is poised to grow in the IAM space while solving niche problems.