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Solution Overview: Migrating Apps from IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM) to Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

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Microsoft-Certified Solution for Migrating from IBM ISAM to Entra ID

Datawiza facilitates a smooth transition of enterprises’ applications from IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM) to Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) without altering the source code. Explore the breadth of features and benefits our solution provides on Azure Marketplace.

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Or checkout our joint step-by-step tutorial with Microsoft.

Tutorial: Configure Datawiza to Integratre Header-based Apps with Microsoft Entra ID 

Explore the Below Demo for a First-hand Experience

How Datawiza Facilitates App Migration from IBM ISAM to Microsoft Entra ID

Collaborating with Microsoft Entro ID, Datawiza excels beyond IBM ISAM’s capabilities to offer a unified SSO, MFA, and granular web access control solution. With our inherent support for prevalent legacy web app access management techniques – such as Kerberos, IWA, Header-Based authentication, and URL authorization (realms) – our Datawiza Access Proxy supplants IBM ISAM, eliminating the need for application rewrites. Further, the Datawiza deployment model is more efficient and does not demand additional middleware or database servers. It not only accommodates virtual machines but also integrates with modern platforms like Docker Containers and Kubernetes.

Here is a diagram depicting the operational workflow:


  1. The process begins when the user attempts to access the web application.
  2. The Datawiza Access Proxy intercepts the request, guiding unauthenticated users towards Microsoft Entra ID for federated authentication.
  3. Microsoft Entra ID utilizes cloud identity capabilities to authenticate the user, enabling Single Sign-On, MFA, and Conditional Access.
  4. Users are then redirected back to Datawiza Access Proxy, where the session is established, URL access is authorized, and user details are forwarded to the enterprise app via authentication methods like Header-Based Authentication or IWA/Kerberos.
  5. The enterprise app processes the data from the user and responds accordingly.

Why Choose Datawiza for IBM ISAM Migration to Microsoft Entra ID?

  • Rapid and Easy Migration: We stand ready to migrate hundreds of apps from IBM ISAM to Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) swiftly and efficiently – accomplishing the task within just days, to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Modern and Cloud-Native Design: The solution goes beyond mere VM (Virtual Machine) support, integrating effortlessly with Containers and Kubernetes. It also eliminates the need for extra middleware or database servers, ensuring a streamlined, modern infrastructure.
  • Avoiding identity-vendor-lock-in: Future-proof your operations with our broad support for modern identities. Alongside Microsoft Entra ID, we accommodate popular platforms including Okta, PingOne, ForgeRock, and others, providing a comprehensive solution against vendor lock-in.

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Eager for more information? Feel free to get in touch with us or book a demo to gain firsthand insight into how we can help seamlessly migrate apps from IBM ISAM to Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD).