26 January, 2009. Talis is delighted to announce The University of Salford is the first University to adopt the Identity Management (IdM) module provided via Talis Keystone.
The University of Salford is in the process of transforming the way that the identities of its entire user population are managed across all key systems in the organisation. An essential part of the solution employed (using Sun Microsystems’ IdM suite) is the transition and management of up to 23,000 Talis LMS borrower identities via Talis Keystone.
The University of Salford’s far-reaching Integrated Information Infrastructure Strategy, first developed in 2003, highlighted the potential of an IdM system to solve many of the organisations administration challenges.
The Sun Microsystems IdM solution now integrates with the Talis LMS via Talis Keystone and the Talis IdM module. This is a REST web service, working in real-time to create, read, update and delete borrower records in Talis LMS.
As the first to adopt the solution, the University of Salford has played a prominent role in the development. David Kerr, Programme Manager for the Identity Management programme at the University of Salford commented "The benefits of our new Talis IdM module are mostly seen in the improvements in quality and accuracy of data held on our borrowers. In addition, it gives us significant security improvements through the immediate (real-time) disablement of library borrowing and library access. As an organisation, this will mean that we can adapt more quickly to new requirements involving changes to the level of borrowing that we provide for various staff, student and ‘associate’ institutional roles."
He continued, "From a technical point of view, the implementation of a real-time interface via a web service meant that our developers in the IdM team were working to an abstract specification that removed the need to understand the technical details of how transactions are actually implemented in the Talis database. We were extremely pleased with how well Talis consultants worked with us during this critical time in our programme."
The Identity Management solution now in place at the University of Salford – of which the Talis IdM Module is an integral part – and is transforming the way that access to resources of all kinds is created and managed for all staff, students and associates whilst delivering significant improvements in levels of customer service, customer experience, security, performance and efficiency.
Dave Errington, CEO at Talis commented "As a development partner, the University of Salford has paved the way for other institutions to follow suit in achieving substantial administration savings via the Identity Management module. As the adoption of Talis Keystone increases, it is clear integration is more important today than ever before."
Talis Keystone communicates in simple, open standards that all machines can understand. Each project is managed closely by the consultancy team, meeting individual requirements, unique to your institutions needs. For more information about Talis Keystone, please visit www.talis.com/integration/identity or contact 0870 400 5090 to discuss your integration requirements.