Easy to manage user authentication
One of the common challenges with cloud deployments is managing user authentication. Most cloud services require the creation of a new database of usernames and passwords that needs to be managed independently of the existing corporate user database. With Strafford Technology’s Managed EPM Cloud service, we don’t require this added level of complexity or hassle for your staff. In most enterprise IT environments user logins are already being centrally managed by a Microsoft® Active Directory database. We integrate our hosted servers with our clients’ existing Microsoft Active-Directory implementations, allowing for seamless, single-sign-on access to hosted EPM applications.
A unique approach
This level of integration is a fairly unique service offering requiring expertise with network infrastructure, server administration, and EPM implementations. Strafford’s extensive EPM expertise, as well as our deep understanding of corporate IT infrastructure, network, server, and security requirements gives us the ability to confidently recommend, deploy, and support this solution.
We work cooperatively with our clients’ IT staff to create a permanent, secure connection from the corporate network to the cloud known as a site-to-site Virtual Private Network (VPN). This connection is implemented at the network level, and acts as a bridge to the cloud allowing users to access their EPM applications running on hosted servers as if they were on the corporate network. The fact that the EPM application servers and databases are hosted on the cloud is completely transparent to the users of the EPM software.
An independent system
For those clients who want to maintain separation of their hosted EPM applications from the corporate network, we provide an independent Microsoft® Active Directory database for the EPM cloud. For the added convenience of our clients we’ve developed a web-based password self-service tool to enable users to reset their forgotten passwords at any time without IT assistance. Client administrators can also utilize this platform to manage their user accounts.