June 17, 2019
Cloud Directory

Identity Where You Can Control It!

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Archit Lohokare Chief Product Officer

Regardless of whether your data is stored in an on-prem directory or in a cloud one, if you’re using the Idaptive Next-Gen Access Cloud platform, you manage and secure your identity data.

Identity control hero

It’s 2019, and cloud is mainstream, ubiquitous and here to stay. Debates about whether cloud will become a dominant form of delivery for infrastructure, platform services and applications have long been settled. Amazon Web Services is a $30B+ run rate business, Salesforce has a market cap of over $115B with a P/E ratio of 100+ and ZScaler stock price is up over 300% since it went public just over a year ago, indicating the market’s growth expectations for its business.

But the world is changing around us, and so are organizations’ and individuals’ expectations of cloud infrastructure, platform services and applications, especially as they relate to IDENTITY data and insights. GDPR has already become center stage in the European Union. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 will go live in January 2020. The Federal Communications Commission is increasingly scrutinizing and potentially penalizing technology companies on how they store, use, and “sell” identity data. The global eco-political climate has taken a turn too, with trade disputes and increasing reservations about the sometimes close relationships technology companies have with the state – an example of which is the recent saga around Huawei.

In this new world, having control over where and how your identity data is secured is of paramount importance to organizations. For a Data Controller, giving up complete “control” of your identity data to a Data Processor – which is what other prominent IDaaS vendors require – can be a scary proposition. It can rob you of having the appropriate level of visibility into how and where this data is stored, what it is potentially used for, and who else has access to it, thus exposing the organization to security and compliance risks, some of which may be critical for business continuity.

This is where Idaptive differentiates itself from the rest of the Identity-as-a-Service vendors. At Idaptive, we’re proud to claim that we’re the only market leading IDaaS solution that does not force you to synchronize your identity data with our Cloud Directory. Regardless of whether your data is stored in an on-prem directory or in a cloud one, if you’re using the Idaptive Next-Gen Access Cloud platform, you manage and secure your identity data. Other vendors in this space require you to synchronize your identity data with their cloud or Universal directories for user authentication and authorization, identity lifecycle management and other core capabilities. But our Next-Gen Access platform was created with the philosophy of “Identity where you can control it”, and we intend to stay true to that core tenet as we rapidly innovate and continue to disrupt and lead the IDaaS market.

To find out more about the Idaptive architecture, please see Idaptive’s Trust Document.

Archit Lohokare

Archit headshot
Chief Product Officer

Archit Lohokare is Chief Product Officer at Idaptive, where he is responsible for product strategy, driving innovation, and bringing new products and services to market. He transitioned over to Idaptive as it was spun-out from Centrify, where—as Vice President of Product Management—he led the Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and Unified Endpoint Management product portfolio. Prior to Centrify, Archit was Vice President of Products at Optymyze, where he led the product management team responsible for the company’s Sales Performance Management and Sales Platform-as-a-Service SaaS and PaaS solutions, securing a Leadership position in the first Gartner Magic Quadrant report on Sales Performance Management along the way. 

Earlier in his career, Archit led Symantec's Cloud Information Protection Security-as-a-Service offering, and IBM's Access Management product line, comprised of Web Access Management, Identity Federation, Enterprise Single Sign-On, and Risk-based Access and Entitlements Management products. Archit joined IBM through the acquisition of Encentuate, a leading Bay Area start-up in the security software space; as an early employee, he had the opportunity to contribute to its successful exit. 

Archit has an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from NTU, Singapore, where he was awarded the SIA-NOL undergraduate scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Archit is an avid history buff, enjoys reading in his spare time and running breathlessly after his one-year-old, hyperactive son.


If Archit could have any Chameleon-like superpower, it would be the ability to change colors quickly and adapt. “Actually, it would be like the ability of our IAM solutions to adapt instantaneously to a customer’s environment and user behavior. Anomalous user access? A snap! Presto, change-o – like a chameleon from green to red in an instant, adapt to the change in user behavior and request user to assure their identities using multi-factor authentication...”