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SPX Deploys Novell Identity Services on Linux

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Posted: 12 May 2004

With growth comes challenges. SPX Corporation, a Fortune 500 provider of technical and industrial products and services, acquired a number of businesses over the last several years. It needed to integrate its business operations, improve productivity, and ensure security across the enterprise. What's more, the solution had to be cost-effective - and it had to run on Linux. You can get the whole story here from the Novell Press Room.

The Need to Integrate

"We need to be able to quickly integrate new companies into our environment and bring together disparate systems. Novell's support for multiple platforms, systems and standards allows us to quickly tie new systems into our directory and automatically provision services for those in the acquired company." - SPX CIO Pete Sattler

Enter the Novell consultants. They worked with SPX to design and deploy a secure identity management infrastructure. The key pieces were Novell eDirectory (central repository of user identity information) and Novell Nsure Identity Manager (synchronization of identity information with other applications). Both products were deployed on Linux because of the strong return on investment and lower overall cost offered by open source software.

Novell exteNd was used with Novell Nsure to build an identity-enabled Web services framework to integrate information from global business units with the main system in the United States and present it securely through an employee portal. Now employees have a single point of access to manage their identity, and managers and IT professionals can quickly provision or de-provision employees.

"We really looked at Web services and identity management as one solution, because the Web services are best executed in concert with secure identity management," Sattler said. "exteNd is also a perfect fit, because its intuitive development interface allowed our development team to quickly learn and implement solutions using the technology."

Looking Ahead with Novell

Moving forward, SPX will tap Novell ZENworks? to manage the company's distributed environment, and expand its use of Novell exteNd to deliver information to end users around the globe. SPX's corporate application development group will also use Novell exteNd for internal IT projects and to further leverage existing infrastructure investments by linking silos of information across the company.

"The solutions that we're delivering through Novell Nsure and exteNd are helping us to lower our overall IT administrative costs," Sattler said. "Novell is more to SPX than just a vendor. They're a strategic partner that helps us solve our business challenges."

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