"Drivers" are a funny thing. They're those often-ambiguous factors cited by analysts and reporters as they attempt to explain why a technology is catching on.
Digital ID World
An acquisition, a conversion, expansion of the space, and a company moving toward identity -- all of these point to the giant gravitational pull that identity (or lack thereof) is exerting over technology and, more importantly, the Network as a whole.
DRM and ERM (enterprise rights management) are controversial topics, and ones that fit into the identity industry map.
The natural reaction to wanting more security is to create a perimeter and guard it. Many security paradigms are virtualizations of that very human reaction, and that's why they are doomed to failure except at very small scale...
Existing categories can make understanding the identity paradigm difficult. But as networking dissolves current paradigms, those categories are evolving - as they must.
Understanding the categories of an identity industry map (authenticate, manage, store, integrate, control and analyze) provides a foundation for seeing the entirety of the identity industry. Placing vendors (and their products) in those categories is the next step.
Digital Identity isn't simply about single sign on, reputation systems and the centralization of identity data by Big Brother. Rather, digital identity covers a universe that a lot of folks wouldn't normally see as "identity."
An introduction to what we will be talking about here and why...