Sun and Deloitte & Touche Introduce Employee Life-Cycle Management

4/5/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nation's leading professional services firms, announced the Employee Life-Cycle Management (ELCM) solution, an integrated, end-to-end solution and joint services offering that helps companies to centrally manage employee access to critical services more efficiently, less expensively, and with greater levels of security. The ELCM solution leverages the strengths of the two industry leaders to help enterprise companies optimize their human resources management systems (HRMS). By combining Deloitte & Touche's i-MAAP(tm) identity management program with the Sun identity management offering (including the recently acquired Waveset Lighthouse product), the ELCM solution can help increase workforce productivity and operational efficiency through the automated management of human capital events that span human resources and information technology organizations.

"Our customers' success is based on their ability to manage human resources competitively, and in the context of efficient business processes," said Ted DeZabala, Deloitte & Touche partner and national security services leader. "We are pleased to work with Sun to help lead the industry in providing a highly integrated identity management solution based on PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM). As part of this solution, Sun is providing comprehensive identity management functionality and a unique architectural approach that enables customers to address complex security risks while extending business initiatives across a broad range of operational environments. By working collaboratively with Sun, we can deploy solutions that can deliver quantifiable business results quickly to our clients."

Managing user information throughout an employee's tenure can be a costly, time-consuming and error-prone process. Research has shown that in addition to significant management and operational overhead, enterprises today spend up to four weeks to fully enable access to the proper IT resources for a new employee. Implementation of the ELCM solution can free IT staff to focus on other areas, which can result in greatly improved operational efficiency and security.

"Enterprises are increasingly making their human resource application the authoritative source for internal workforce identity information. However, they have a huge gap in managing their external workforce - temporary workers, consultants, contractors, etc.," said Roberta J. Witty, research director in Gartner Inc.'s Security and Risk group. "Identity management products must integrate with the human resource application for workforce status changes, such as additions, transfers or relocations, and terminations, in order to automate access request approvals and the provisioning of IT resources. And, identity management projects must start to address the handling of the external workforce. This will require that enterprises standardize the processes around the employment practices for this increasingly important part of the workforce."

Deloitte & Touche offers services to help clients provide safe, secure, efficient and personalized connections for employees who need access to a multitude of IT resources to meet their job requirements. The i-MAAP program employs a proven delivery methodology based on an "identity-driven" infrastructure in which the identity serves as the point of integration for a company's existing applications, security solutions and network architecture.

Deloitte & Touche is the only global professional services firm with a full suite of capabilities that combine business process, IT risk and control, ERP, project management and industry knowledge delivered by thousands of professionals globally. Sun Microsystems has extensive, in-depth experience integrating PeopleSoft deployments with existing identity infrastructures resources. The combined ELCM solution can help companies increase accuracy and reduce the time it takes to establish or change workforce access rights, privileges, and profile data across multiple applications and IT environments.


"Ensuring that changes to the workforce are effectively and automatically managed, tracked, and reported across HR and IT domains is critical for any organization," said Mark McClain, vice president identity management marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Today, many workforce processes consist of a fragmented set of activities and information that place an organization's operational integrity and security at risk. We are collaborating with Deloitte & Touche to deliver a standard, automated best practices solution for workforce management that will enhance security while helping reduce costs."

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