The World's Largest Humanitarian Organization Deploys EmpowerID, the All-In-One Identity Management Platform
DUBLIN, Ohio, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - EmpowerID, the all-in-one Identity Management and Cloud Security platform designed for people, today announced that the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) has successfully completed the deployment of EmpowerID at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The IFRC serves 187 member societies from more than 70 country and special offices, and is backed up by nearly 100 million members, volunteers and supporters. In addition to carrying out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, the IFRC works to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies, including assistance with IT services and expertise.
EmpowerID automates provisioning, and manages authentication for IFRC users across directories, systems and applications, both on-premise and in the cloud. EmpowerID increases security with comprehensive Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), empowers users with shopping cart-style access requests and self-service password resets, assists in meeting Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) objectives, increases productivity and improves accuracy by automating many complex and repetitive tasks at the IFRC.
"We were seeking a highly capable, yet affordable Identity Management solution that could automate our complex processes, such as pulling data from an SAP HR feed and other sources to provision and to manage internal and extranet identities. EmpowerID provides the flexibility that delivers significant business value by being customizable to our specific needs, without requiring an excessive amount of time or professional services." said Amol Sawarkar, Senior Officer, Information Systems Operations, IFRC.
EmpowerID replaced an inefficient user provisioning process at IFRC, reducing user onboarding time from days to minutes and providing faster access to resources for staff and volunteers. EmpowerID also enables password self-service, delegated group management, decentralized account approval to regional offices, delegated extranet access policy administration from IT to another team, and added audit tracking and reporting for all of these activities. EmpowerID allows the IFRC to reduce expenses and to better focus IT resources on other projects that advance their organization's core humanitarian mission.
IFRC chose EmpowerID from among multiple vendors based on a set of criteria that included: limited coding requirements to meet their specific scenarios; the ability to integrate with the IFRC's existing standards and services; the ability to align with the IFRC's Proof of Concept (POC) scenarios; and the ability to implement specific audit recommendations. EmpowerID is also able to meet future project needs, including federated Single Sign-On (SSO), and serving as an Identity and Access Management platform for cloud PaaS and SaaS services to be offered to their global associations.
EmpowerID's unique design uses a modular workflow structure to quickly create and to modify identity processes. This significantly reduces the custom coding required to implement an automated solution customized to an organization's specific needs and processes. With over 400 workflows that are ready to use out of the box, clients can have a functioning system running in days and have reported savings of 60% and more in the cost of professional services relative to other solutions.
EmpowerID's core architecture includes: an integrated metadirectory and a virtual directory; a visual workflow development studio for creating and customizing workflows; a sophisticated Role-Based Access Control engine; and a wide assortment of system connectors. It is built from a single codebase to enhance performance, simplify implementation and lower the cost of ownership. User interfaces use HTML5 adaptive rendering to format screens properly for any type of display, an important benefit for organizations, such as the IFRC, that want to provide access and a consistent user experience for a wide range of computing devices.
"We are very proud to have the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as a client. EmpowerID's comprehensive functionality is built on a single cohesive platform and was designed to help organizations like the IFRC realize ambitious Identity Management objectives without committing to costly and risky development efforts that can span years when using legacy tools. The breakthrough approach of using a highly configurable workflow platform to solve complex identity requirements has consistently resulted in a strong return on investment for our clients," said Patrick Parker, CEO of EmpowerID.
To read a case study on the implementation of EmpowerID at the IFRC, please visit http://info.empowerid.com/ifrccasestudy
About EmpowerID | The All-in-One Identity Management and Cloud Security Platform
EmpowerID is the all-in-one Identity Management and Cloud Security platform designed for people. Globally managing millions of identities in diverse enterprises, EmpowerID offers comprehensive provisioning, single sign-on and access governance coupled with an industry leading user experience. Driven by sophisticated RBAC and Workflow engines, EmpowerID tailors visibility to fit the specific information needs and the technical skill level of each stakeholder. With EmpowerID, users are empowered with shopping cart style access requests and self-service, enterprise security is improved through secure delegation, productivity gains and ROI are generated from single sign-on and process automation, and governance is enhanced with powerful audit functions and flexible reporting. Built on a single codebase for manageability and scalability, EmpowerID ships with a powerful API, a visual workflow designer and over 400 ready-to-use workflows for rapid deployment.
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