By David Miller, Chief Security Officer, Covisint

Companies in a joint venture situation need a secure, easy way to share information across a common portal. It is important that there is a quick mechanism for adding and removing either business partners or contractors on the project (especially for remote drilling projects) and still keeping the data secure.

Joint venture management creates major communication challenges in the industry such as:

  • Providing access to the extended enterprise
  • Obtaining visibility into activity outside of the core organization
  • Establishing trust with organizations or users to allow collaboration
  • Extended enterprise compliance to industry regulations and standards
  • Standardization and use of technology and building collaborative tools for all
  • Controlling and managing cost
  • Keeping up with the pace of change inside and outside of the organization
  • Maintaining positive and consistent user experience with applications and systems

Even when access is obtained, multiple logins are required for the various applications and systems. And how is security maintained? External users need to be provisioned and de-provisioned quickly to certain applications and information as roles change. When access is not controlled quickly, security is jeopardized and the business is at risk. That leads to wasted time, frustrated constituents, increased cost and poor quality results, any of which could lead to failure of vital projects, including high investment joint ventures. This must change.

A cloud-based Identity Management (IDM) Platform supports the success of an extended enterprise by enabling simple, yet coordinated communication and collaboration between organizational constituents. This type of platform delivers the needed results, allowing organizations to leverage existing investments while shielding themselves from the cost and complexity of developing and deploying IT solutions on their own.

With this type of platform, the community of users can have on-demand access to applications and information and the tools to communicate and collaborate securely with others across the extended enterprise. Enterprises are able to leverage existing investments in applications and have the infrastructure in place to add new applications and services as the community expands and becomes more diverse. 

A core benefit of a cloud-based IDM solution is the ability to maintain the security and privacy of users. Within the extended enterprise, direct staff, contractors, suppliers, partners, joint venture participants and other providers change roles and job statuses frequently. The challenge is to facilitate change while maintaining tight control and access to your proprietary systems.

A cloud-based IDM Platform works behind the scenes to help you manage the identity and authentication of users, and give them access to appropriate applications and information – all through a single login.

The benefits of this approach are clear:

  • A centralized, auditable security and privacy framework,
  • Insulation from the problem of complex security requirements,
  • Improved application adoption and usability within your extended enterprise, and
  • Ability to manage the costs of adding additional users.

In addition to providing a single, secure point for provisioning access to all information, applications, and systems required to conduct business with your extended workforce, a cloud-based IDM platform will:

  • Increase user productivity,
  • Reduce cost and complexity,
  • Support trusted collaboration,
  • Remove collaboration barriers,
  • Harness and secures intellectual capital,
  • Accelerate innovation and
  • Improve compliance and standards adoption. 

Learn more about IDM platforms by visiting the Covisint in booth #15 at the Microsoft Global Energy Forum on January 24, 2013.