SailPoint IdentityNow Workflows

About SailPoint IdentityNow Workflows:

IdentityNow workflows are a way to automate processes related to Identity Security Cloud. These processes when carried individually are manual, error prone and laborious in nature.

Here are a few examples of the power of workflows.

  1. Design workflows that can handle a growing number of users onboarding requests, ensuring scalability as the organization hires new employees.
  2. Design workflow to raise tickets in ticketing system to automate the resolution of access-related issues reported by users, ensuring a streamlined process.
  3. Modify an existing workflow to include new steps for managing temporary access during a special project, adapting to changing business needs.
  4. Implement a workflow for access reviews that automatically identifies and revokes unnecessary access rights, ensuring that users only retain permissions relevant to their current roles.
  5. Streamline access request procedures including approval steps for access approval or modification.
  6. Send email alert when an identity changes group in end application.
  7. No human involvement while configuring and activating certification campaign when identity changes department and also send email alert to reviewer.

In this video blog, we will be discussing about the IdentityNow workflows in detail. The following are the key topics that are discussed as part of the blog.

  1. Why SailPoint introduced Workflow in IdentityNow
  2. Available platforms in IdentityNow to build a workflow.
  3. General terminology and use of Inline variables
  4. Simulating and testing a workflow
  5. Migrate workflows between sandbox and production.

The detailed discussion of Workflows, it’s terminology and configuration process are present in the following video.

Detailed demo on developing & testing workflows in all 3 possible ways is present in the following video.

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Sailpoint IdentityIQ’s Transient workflows and their advantages

Quicklinks are usually used for faster access of specific functionalities. Often a “no delays” workflow where the start and end of the workflow happen within one single launch of quicklink shall be launched by quicklinks. Usually these kind of workflows involve custom Sailpoint forms which would not be useful once the user stops using this quick link by navigating to some other page.

Conventional workflow launches are serialized by storing the workflow cases as XML objects. This leads to many work items and workflow cases which are incomplete and hang around the Identity IQ over long run. This might lead to performance issues and unwanted data accumulated inside IIQ.

This problem could easily be solved using the transient workflows. The main feature of transient workflows is that they don’t get serialized.

Without the workflow getting serialized, we have specific advantages.

  1. Workflow cases which are inactive specific to this workflow shall not be generated.
  2. Work items that are generated do not get serialized and as a result we don’t have any unwanted work items related to this workflow in user’s inbox.

This would result in cleaner environment where we don’t have unnecessary data.

Extra perk with logging:

Workflow variables in Sailpoint are serialized in non-transient workflows. This means that we can store only the objects that Sailpoint has capability to store as XML object. Log4J loggers are very useful objects which are disqualified as workflow variables because of this restriction.

As the transient workflows do not try to serialize the objects referred by the variables, Logger objects can also be stored in the workflow variables.

This provides us the flexibility to maintain a workflow level logger variable to use your custom logging. Rather than instantiating the custom loggers whenever we require them, we can simply use the workflow variable whenever required.

IdentityIQ parallel and serial approvals


Out of the box Sailpoint’s IdentityIQ provides numerous workflows for provisioning, we can implement our custom workflows according to the necessity. Similarly, parallel and serial approvals are workflows used in an enterprise to manage the access of the user.


In the world of IAM, one thing every developer should remember is that “Right thing must be accessed by the Right user at a Right time“, from the above sentence we can say that an access must be rightfully distributed to the user.

In this requirement a user in an enterprise requested an entitlement or role using IdentityIQ then that access must be approved by the work groups which are maintaining that privilege.

Understanding parallel and serial approvals in IdentityIQ

The following video illustrates about parallel and serial approvals.

Working demo of parallel and serial approvals

The following video demonstrates how parallel and serial approvals accomplishes.




Using lists in Identity IQ workflows at approval steps

Sailpoint’s Identity IQ converts all the empty lists that go through an approval step in a workflow into NULL values. This does not hold the same with non-empty lists.

null diagram

For example, we have a global variable in the workflow which is an empty ArrayList ( [] ). It is going to be converted to ( NULL ) once it goes through an approval step. So in order that the lists work as per our need, we could provide a dummy value so that list is never converted to NULL when it goes through an approval.