An Out-of-the-Box Business Case
Novell Identity Manager 4 Advanced Edition Ships with an Airtight Built-In Business Case
Written by Bill Tobey
Policy Mapping and Integration
Defining a job role for role-based provisioning is a simple enough task, but finding and associating all the resources and permissions that ought to go with it is something else entirely. That piece of the provisioning automation puzzle retains more than enough complexity to require significant, ongoing support from the IT organization. But now there’s Novell Identity Manager 4 with Role Mapping Administrator.
What it is – Role Mapping Administrator is a new role-and-policy integration tool that automatically discovers the authorizations that can be granted on systems and services throughout your IT environment. It provides a single-pane view of all defined roles and resource authorizations. (See Figure 6.) More importantly, it lets business users—not just IT administrators, consultants or developers—map and associate roles to entitlements through a simple drag-and-drop interface. It’s a breakthrough innovation in the way identity systems are programmed, and it works across all the major IT systems that integrate with Novell Identity Manager—which now include SAP,Microsoft SharePoint and SaaS applications like SalesForce.com
Why it’s important to management – Automated, role-based provisioning is a critical element in keeping people productive as their roles and responsibilities change, keeping the environment secure in the process, and controlling the costs of compliance. Role Mapping Administrator puts access control responsibility in the hands of the business managers who understand roles and resource entitlements the best. It streamlines and accelerates the provisioning process, making an order-of-magnitude reduction in administrative time, labor and cost.
Policy Management for an Agile Organization
Whether anyone stops to think about it, today’s business organizations inevitably own and maintain a sizable investment in access control policies. But the many different systems where that policy is created and controlled all share one unstated assumption—that the organization and its resource allocation requirements won’t change significantly, or frequently. In reality, of course, large-scale change is virtually continuous, and the inflexibility of existing access controls is one of the persistent sources of friction, high cost, and slow response. Novell Identity Manager 4 Advanced Edition provides a game-changing alternative: the first systematic solution for managing distributed access control policies as high-value intellectual property.
What it is – Package Manager is a modular policy framework that contains and manages loosely connected building blocks of resource access policy, which can be developed internally or delivered as out-of-the-box content modules from Novell or other third-party providers. Package Manager makes it simple to add, modify, update or eliminate policies for any connected system. It automatically detects, notifies and resolves dependencies to eliminate unintended impacts, and tracks state changes for trouble-shooting and compliance reporting.
Why it’s important to management – Modular policy management makes it vastly easier to deploy, visualize and manage resource access policy across a large and diverse organization. More importantly, it enables swift, secure and efficient adaptation to dynamic business and regulatory environments.
Cloud-Ready Identity Management
Hosted applications and cloud-based services aren’t novelties anymore; they’re becoming essential extensions of the enterprise IT environment. Business operations are increasingly dependent on them, but until recently there’s been an inescapable and unenviable trade off. You could have applications in the cloud that were economical and instantly scalable, or applications behind the firewall that were secure, manageable and predictable—not both. Now, however, Novell Identity Manager 4 extends identity-based security and access control equally to on-site and hosted applications.
What it is – Identity Manager 4 features a cloud-ready architecture that extends identity and access control transparently across physical and virtual resources, whether located in the data center or in the cloud. New drivers offer seamless integration with SaaS and hosted solutions such as SalesForce.com and Google Apps, enabling a full complement of identity-based services—automated provisioning and de-provisioning, request and approval workflows, password changes, profile updates and detailed reporting.
Why it’s important to management – Developing the capability to securely integrate cloud-based resources into the enterprise environment isn’t just an IT strategy, it’s a business strategy—one that will be indispensable as organizations continue their adaptation to a business environment that is increasingly dynamic, global and competitive.
A Role-Sensitive User Dashboard
You can’t shift resource provisioning responsibility from IT to the business organization without giving business users the information they need in a format that supports swift, accurate decision making.
What it is – Novell Identity Manager 4 includes a new role-sensitive work dashboard that gives every business user a single, consolidated view of upcoming tasks, resource and role assignments, and the status of outstanding requests. (See Figure 7.) It provides an easily understood view of who has access to what, and eliminates the jargon gap for non-technical users tasked with resource access decisions. Built-in single sign-on support includes out-of-the-box integration with Active Directory / Kerberos ticket systems, SAML assertions and SAP logon ticket systems, eliminating the need for an external SSO tool when accessing Identity Manager 4.
Why it’s important to management – Personalized, role-sensitive work dashboards put resource access control in the hands of business users, giving them the real-time information they need to enhance productivity.
A Business Case that Practically Writes Itself
Novell Identity Manager 4 is an IT infrastructure software product that will make your enterprise and business operations demonstrably more intelligent, secure, cost-efficient, compliant and ready for the cloud. It’s a business proposition that makes bottom-line and strategic sense, straight out of the box. For more information visit www.novell.com/idm4.