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Thursday, March 6, 2008

What is Role Management

In today's regulatory compliance environment, organisations need a holistic view of their business users, job functions, and associated entitlements. Attempting this manually often results in chaos, frustration, and failed projects.

Role Management enables enterprises role lifecycle management capabilities, helping strengthen regulatory compliance, and alleviating associated costs. It can act as the authoritative source for the relationships between business users, organisations, and entitlements, thus enabling automation of role based provisioning and access control across the IT infrastructure.

Imagine when you add a new employee to the accounts payable department, instead of creating access for all your application, and then hoping you have aligned users roles with access privileges role management can make this easier with the definition of an accounts payable role being aligned not only to applications access rights, but also the security levels the user needs to complete their role.

Another benefit of Role Management is doing role mining, with role mining it can be usually completed from either a top down or bottom up. The benefit of role mining you organisation is that it will show how you may have not only duplicate roles with similar responsibilities that can result in business process issues but also perhaps security holes.

This also provides enterprise applications rich role information enabling automation of business transactions for approval and routing.


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