The latest enterprise provisioning technology allows organisations to alleviate these problems through centralised management of IT systems and applications, and the users who access them. Enterprise provisioning solutions, which automate the granting, managing and revoking of user-access rights and privileges, solve the problems created by complex user bases and IT infrastructures by enforcing policies that govern what users are allowed to access and then creating access for those users on the appropriate systems and applications.
The solution can execute provisioning transactions dynamically, based on the nature of the request and then initiate the appropriate approval workflows as defined by the appropriate policy. It will also provide robust reporting that enables the IT department to better manage user access rights from a global view. For example, systems administrators can view who has access to particular systems or the status of any individual access request (add, move, change, delete) in real time.
The best of the new breed of provisioning systems enforce organisational policies designed to ensure that financial enterprises comply with regulatory requirements by governing who can access particular systems and the information they contain. Reporting and auditing capabilities enable the organisation to demonstrate compliance by listing who has access to protected systems and reporting on how the access was granted and that appropriate approvals were obtained, thus demonstrating that proper policies designed to comply with regulations are being followed. The software can also demonstrate that users who have left the organisation have had access revoked from all the systems to which they were previously authorised.
These capabilities not only make regulatory compliance straightforward and easy to manage, but ensure increased productivity. Users can be connected to the resources they need to be productive in a fraction of the time, cost and effort previously required. Enterprises can compress the user set-up process from weeks to minutes and application integration from months to just days.
In addition, the IT department’s own productivity will increase dramatically as resources are freed up from the time-consuming tasks of managing user access and building integrations to managed systems and applications.
By ensuring regulatory compliance and at the same time reducing IT costs, secure enterprise provisioning solutions are sure to evolve from the great opportunity they currently present to a critical element of the IT infrastructure of successful businesses.
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