The Italian Army, through its department dedicated to management, development and security of network and system / service infrastructures, needs to manage thousands of users on heterogeneous sources as Oracle databases, LDAP, Zimbra and Active Directory: the typical scenario which an Identity Management system should rule.
The staff was seeking for an IdM solution to customize, for adaptation to its particular needs.
After attempting and rejecting the proprietary products offered by the most famous vendors - mainly because of the difficulty to go beyond presets, besides exorbitant costs - the next step was the selection of an Open Source project, additional dowel of a strategy in line with Public Administration directives and some international initiatives.
The Italian Army has a structure organized in "functional areas" (operational, logistic, infrastructural, training and territorial). On its top there is the Chief of the General Staff of the Army who has the function of Armed Force Commander; he is also responsible for the organization and the training of the Army.
In performing his duties, the Chief of the General Staff of the Army has got a General Staff headed by a Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Army in addition to High Commands: the Training Specialization and Doctrine Command (COMFORDOT), with functions in training, specialization, qualification and updating of the personnel as well as in the development of the "analytic" and "employment" doctrine; the Logistic Command (COMLOG) that offers logistic support to the Forces; the Operational Land Forces Command and Army Operational Command (COMFOTER COE), responsible for the training of the operational component; the Capital Military Command; the Northern and Southern Operational Forces Command (COMFOP NORD and COMFOP SUD); the Alpine Troops Command (COMTA); the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC-ITA) and the Operational Land Forces Support Command (COMFOTER SUPPORTO).
After a PoC built by Tirasa and based on Apereo CAS and Apache Syncope, the Institute decided to proceed on this path by engaging Tirasa itself to realize the whole infrastructure.
Provisioning is involved with managing the internal data sources and external via specific connectors for representation of users, groups and attributes. This component often needs to be tailored to meet the requirements of a specific deployment. The enterprise support of Tirasa, gave us the manageability, scalability and flexibility to connect and protect millions of consumers at enterprise customers
Currently the whole infrastructure, based on Apache Syncope, manages about 5.000 users, periodically synchronized with HR.
We choose Apache Syncope to carry out the provisioning and account management role as part of our authorization platform, due to its simplicity and flexible adoption to the product needs. Another important consideration was the knowledge and excellent support provided by the Tirasa team
Tirasa provided timely support and always followed up to ensure that all issues were resolved to satisfaction.
Stichting Bibliotheek.nl is very content with Apache Syncope as a product and intends to extend its services based on it.
SURFnet is currently planning how to include Syncope it in its identity management and collaboration middleware for provisioning / deprovisioning needs.
SWM is very satisfied with both the community and the commercial support of Tirasa.
We have had a few years to get to know Apache Syncope and have gained some in-depth knowledge of its use. For this, the support provided by Tirasa has been a vital aid. We have received help in the form of, for instance, code examples providing a preview of the implementation, as well as solutions to configuration problems and quick fixes to any errors we have discovered.
Users can log in via SPID, thanks to the functional extension developed by Tirasa.
Currently, the U.Porto is the most international of Portugal’s universities thanks to its active cooperation with hundreds of higher education institutions worldwide. The ambition now is to establish the U.Porto as one of the top 100 universities in the world by 2020.
The UShareSoft UForge Identity management service, is based on Apache Syncope, which was expressly chosen for it's richly defined and complete RESTful API.