Back in 2017, Arisant helped The University of Colorado Denver build a multi-campus platform which could support half a million users. And while this solution has proved to be a huge success with better-managed user access, increased in-house IT team capabilities, and staff at all campuses using the system to their advantage, there was still work to be done…
As we know, IT infrastructure (especially Cloud infrastructure) is improving at a pace that even the most agile organizations have a hard time keeping up with. So, by 2019, The University of Colorado Denver decided it needed to overhaul more than just its Identity Management infrastructure in order to stay on top of the ever-changing IT landscape. In order to get the most out of their budget, University IT leaders decided it was time to move towards a Hybrid-Cloud solution. A hybrid approach to cloud, which combines both on-premises and cloud systems, would allow CU Denver to reap the benefits of newer technology while ensuring existing applications — even those that were heavily customized — could still be used.
Below is an overview of the Hybrid-Cloud architecture Arisant designed for The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus:
The university migrated to IDCS in six months, and the new system went live in May 2020. Thus far, CU Denver has migrated 180 applications to IDCS. OIM, which is responsible for provisioning employee and student access, remains on-premises for now because IDCS is not yet on par with OIM for provisioning. Instead, OIM is communicating to IDCS in the Oracle Cloud using an OIM-to-IDCS Cloud Connector. Additional components of the university’s IAM, including SOA workflows, a newer version of OIM, and password reset functionality, are slated to move to the cloud in a second phase.
CU Denver also built a cloud native data model for university identities using Oracle Golden Gate and Oracle Data Integrator. The university plans to make this data model the foundation for IAM going forward.
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