Next month nearly two thousand CIOs, CISOs, IAM practitioners, and other technology leaders will gather in Las Vegas at the Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit. Granted, there are probably more exciting events that take place in Vegas, but the Gartner IAM Summit is perhaps the most significant event on the annual digital identity conference circuit.

That claim is particularly true for Gartner’s market sweet spot of major enterprises. Gartner counts 74% of Fortune 500 companies among its clients, and over half of the IAM Summit attendees represent businesses with over 20,000 employees. The point being: Gartner has the ear of digital identity leaders from many of the world’s largest enterprises.

Which is why it’s exciting and encouraging that one of the five tracks at this year’s event will highlight decentralized identity. Although the topic of decentralized identity has attracted increasing attention in the past several years, its inherent nature as something that is, well, decentralized, has so far meant that the most active proponents have been consortiums and open communities like the Decentralized Identity Foundation and W3C, as well as new startups like NuID (and many others). However, the prominence of decentralized identity at Gartner’s IAM Summit this year marks a new phase of enterprise exploration, which we think will be followed by adoption in the next few years.

The “Multifactor Authentication and Decentralized Identity” track at Gartner IAM will include an “Ask the Expert” session with Gartner analyst David Mahdi, who recently co-authored a 2019 research paper (paywall) on the prospect of enterprise adoption of decentralized identity, which stated that “security and risk management leaders must focus on increasing readiness for future adoption of decentralized identity.”

The “Guidance for Decentralized Identity Adoption” session with analyst Homan Farahmand promises to present three example use-cases of decentralized identity in the enterprise environment. Homan has been researching decentralized technologies, and specifically identity, for several years, and wrote the definitive Gartner report Blockchain: The Dawn of Decentralized Identity (paywall).

This year has already seen the first steps taken towards decentralized identity by old-guard behemoths like Microsoft and Mastercard. And while its unsurprising that companies that see a role for themselves as technology and service providers in a new decentralized landscape have made some of the first moves, Gartner’s research publications and event content are aimed at businesses that will be looking to adopt, consume, and integrate decentralized identity solutions into their line of business applications. And adoption by these services—banks, insurance companies, e-commerce, etc.—would bring decentralized identity to the truly big stage of global adoption.

Of course, (shameless plug warning) there’s no better source to learn about decentralized identity than from people who are working to build the ecosystem! We launched a partnership earlier this year with the DAML enterprise smart contracts team of Digital Asset to make our trustless authentication and decentralized identity solution more easily available to enterprises.

Our team will be at Gartner IAM at booth #431 and would love to hear from you if you have questions or thoughts about decentralized identity, blockchain, or zero knowledge cryptography. You can also reach out at to schedule a time to stop by.

If you plan to attend the event and still need to buy your pass, you can use our discount code of IAMSP46 to save $350 off the full registration price!