Channel Integrator Accenture Extends Partnership with Sun

New Security Venture Allows Businesses to Open Their IT Systems More Easily to Channel Partners

Systems integrator Accenture and Sun Microsystems are extending an ongoing relationship by providing a new security solution for SAP and other enterprise applications that are popular with the channel.

The new Accenture Smart Identity Solution provides end-to-end identity management, multifactor authentication techniques and a single sign-on procedure. The new solution consists of four components jointly developed by the two companies. All will still be available separately, but together they will allow enterprises to better control access to data, ERP and other services.

"The problem that's out there today is that security, or trying to secure physical assets, is getting more and more complex," said Rob Dyson, a senior executive in the security practice division of Accenture "At the same time, there is more and more need to secure these assets because of demands by consumers, regulators and other companies. It's created this need for a much better security model."

Pat Sullivan, Sun Microsystems global account director for Accenture, said work on this solution began 18 months ago and was meant to be compatible with existing customer systems and act as a unifying approach, because most ERP apps are siloed and unconnected to each other.

"Think about all the different apps that you use on a given day. Now say you leave the company. If a company has to cut off your access to those apps, they have to go through multiple processes with each application," he said. "We've become very concerned about how when different departments need to talk to each other and they can't."

When access is possible, it's usually all or nothing. The security systems tend to lack fine-grain control over who can access what. The Accenture Secure SOA Solution will allow organizations to open up their IT systems to third parties, like governments and partners, but still remain in control of access and authentication.

It uses a multifactor authentication for managing user access, so users are required to have two forms of identification, such as a smart card or biometric scan in addition to a password.

The Accenture Solution for Control and Compliance integrates Sun's identity-management products with SAP's governance, risk and compliance solutions, allowing for outside applications to access the SAP database. "Customers have been siloed with their SAP environment, but Accenture broke the silo," Sullivan said.

The Accenture SOA Jumpstart Solution for Sun Java helps organizations deploy Java-based SOA applications in less time, reducing costs by as much as 40 percent.

The Accenture solutions are built using Sun Java System Management Suite, Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite, Sun Java System Portal Server and run on Solaris.

(This article was adapted from an Internetnews.com report.)

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