This tension between business process and networking is the primary reason that identity is the succeeding organizing paradigm for the enterprise. When *identity* is the lens through which things are viewed, it becomes possible to give the business side what it needs (which is actually management, not so much control), while letting networking do what it does (hook up like a drunk frat boy on 25 cent beer night).
At this level, the distinction between the “network layer” and the “application layer” dissolves — all layers are united by an identity view. Now the entire “network” (big N) of the business is about identity — the identification (authentication, access and authorization) of every thing and person that is interacting with the enterprise. Driven by the need to manage process while not crushing creativity and productivity, identity provides the only viable mechanism.
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