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To Consolidate User Stores or Not?

The virtual enterprise requires collaboration among employees, customers and partners, leaving enterprise IT departments tasked with building an identity infrastructure that spans multiple user stores and manages multiple levels of trust – both inside and outside the firewall.

For large companies, the likelihood of having dozens of user stores sitting around is extremely common as each department tries to keep track of employee data and acquisition and mergers bring new user store environments to the table regularly.  In other words, it’s a business reality that multiple user stores exist.

As a result, enterprises are looking for a more efficient approach for managing their employee databases and many believe that consolidating user stores is the solution.  While consolidating user stores may be a promising end goal, it is a difficult, massive undertaking and potentially million-dollar project that could take several years to complete. For most businesses, such a large pursuit is out of the question.

The most preeminent user directory employed by enterprises around the world is Microsoft’s Active Directory.  Organizations are also leveraging cloud-based applications to control access to important documents. Due to compliance and regulations such as HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Sarbanes Oxley, etc, many organizations are sensitive to controlling access and needing visibility for which users are accessing what applications and to know what those users are doing within the applications.  Security breaches, according to Symantec, cost on average in the US $5.4 million.  Enterprise organizations need to have control over access and a fine grain audit trail in the case of a breach or audit.

At Symplified, we offer a Single Sign-On (SSO) solution that provides companies with the ability to seamlessly connect and authenticate applications to existing infrastructures.  By acting as a bridge between existing identity infrastructures and applications, Symplified can help organizations save money and seamlessly integrate these applications with Active Directory, and other user stores, to provide a better user experience, fewer passwords to remember and more control for IT.  At the same time this approach leverages the investment your company has already made in making Active Directory as the master source for user information.

Whatever the reason for an organization’s multiple user stores, Symplified effortlessly spans multiple individual silos of user identities, without requiring a very complex integration project.

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