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New ID-Synch Access Management Software Ties to HR Systems

New ID-Synch Access Management Software Ties to HR Systems
July 1, 2003

M-Tech Information Technology adds several new features to the latest version of ID-Synch, the company's access management product.

Advances in ID-Synch 2.0 include the automation of links for systems of record such as the human resource program in use at the company, so that information does not have to be entered manually or more than once. Version 2.0 also supports a range of change request including renaming an account, such as when someone gets married, and joining or exiting a group.

"The workflow engine has been greatly refined," says Bruce Macdonald, product manager with M-Tech. "We also now support both a central and delegated administration model."

The previous version supported only a central administration model, but many of M-Tech's 400 customer companies prefer to allow regional offices to handle their own accounts, and some prefer to allow a specific group to control access to the central human resource system.

"Version 2.0 allows us to better tailor to each business," Macdonald says.

The addition of a fulfillment engine using SOAP protocols and XML links is another enhancement. This allows updates authorized by other identity management or workflow systems to complete the loop of automated account provisioning, and not end up at a printer and a followup manual data entry step.

Reporting and auditing features have been enhanced to identify orphan accounts, to show which account each user has, when they were created and who authorized them.

M-Tech delivers documentation along with its software product that guides the customer in how to lock down the server on which the software is installed, into a highly secure state. The product helps users adhere to account creation standards, preventing malformed account names that can lead to breaches. Version 2.0 has over 20 packaged reports versus only a few for the previous version.

The product is priced on a managed user basis at a cost of $30 to $10 per user. An average deal size is for 30,000 to 40,000 users, thus $300,000 to $400,000 in software licenses.

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