So, what are the ramifications of these incomplete identity platform deployments? First, the promised ROIs of identity platform investments are not realized. Secondly, employees have to wait for manual processes to complete to gain access to the applications they need to do their jobs. Next, departing employees are not removed from the applications they have been assigned, leaving open security holes. Next, identity governance of applications that are not integrated with the IGA platforms require manual processes that manage file extracts of accounts and their entitlements from each application. The resulting manual processes require continually auditing by both internal and external auditors to ensure the integrity of the files that are handled by staff. The common result of all this is the addition of staff to handle all the manual compensating processes and unrealized value from identity management platform investments.
One of the first vendors to find a simple and effective solution to this problem is Silicon Valley-based Aquera. By leveraging System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM), an open standard that defines schema and protocols for automating the exchange of user identity information between identity domains or IT systems, Aquera has developed a ‘first-of-its-kind’ identity integration platform as a service.
Aquera’s platform boasts many innovative modules that are “first-ever” in the industry. These include an HR-driven identity onboarding bridge syncing HR data to any application or identity platform, and an automation module for the workflow associated with file extracts of account entitlements from disconnected applications. “Our portfolio helps clients integrate HR systems with the identity infrastructure and use a single unified API across their entire IT infrastructure which allows their chosen IAM and IGA platforms to coordinate all identity and access management processes,” according Jerry Waldorf, CTO of Aquera.
Highlighting the value of its solutions, Henry shared customer stories. One instance was with a large pharmaceutical customer that used Okta and Aquera to automate the onboarding and offboarding of employees across their organization. Second, a regional bank with SailPoint IdentityIQ is using Aquera’s real-time connectors to automate the provisioning and aggregation of their core applications and for the remainder, Aquera automated the manual handling processes for the user entitlement file extracts. Another example shared was abouta regional retailer that used Aquera to synchronize ADP Workforce Now to Active Directory, facilitating their HR-driven IT infrastructure.
With its track record of providing out-of-the-box simple and effective identity integration for applications and IT infrastructure, Aquera is poised to scale rapidly as it is discovered by more organizations. And with the breadth of the platform’s functionalities, Aquera is positioned well to drive identity integration across all organizational operations. “We aim to resolve all identity integration challenges and enhance the identity governance ofbusiness applications to better protect organizations and automate their employee onboarding and offboarding IT processes,” concludes Henry.