With demands for identity and access management (IAM) paralleling the explosive growth in online interactions, it is imperative that existing business systems, infrastructure, planning, and technologies evolve to keep pace with the access needs of the future. Recognizing the importance of developing a comprehensive, forward-looking strategy to deal with this issue, the IAM initiative was formed by Kevin Morooney, vice provost for information technology, in April 2007. The group comprises 27 individuals who span many administrative areas at the university. The group is co-chaired by Renee Shuey, Information Technology Services (ITS) and Joel Weidner, Auxiliary and Business Services.
The group's primary charge was to create an IAM road map (or strategy) for Penn State. A secondary goal was to establish a community of people and organizations from across the university who understand each other's pressures, needs, and desires for developing an IAM infrastructure that will support and enhance academic, research, business, and collaborative processes.