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Method for a supplier enrollment and entitlement management tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021501D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 91K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a supplier enrollment and entitlement management tool. Benefits include improved functionality, improved performance, improved security, improved development environment, and improved business environment.

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Method for a supplier enrollment and entitlement management tool

Disclosed is a method for a supplier enrollment and entitlement management tool. Benefits include improved functionality, improved performance, improved security, improved development environment, and improved business environment.

General description

         The disclosed method is a supplier enrollment and entitlement management software application. It facilitates user registration and Web-based application enrollment and entitlement processes. The method applies to human-to-machine access to business-to-business applications.

         A supplier-company employee accesses a Web site to create an account with a log-in identifier and a password. This new user requests access to one or more applications (enrollment). Application-specific profile data may be required for access approval (entitlement). The request is routed to a designated supplier personnel manager who validates the employee’s request. It is then routed to the appropriate application-hosting company’s approvers. One or more approvers may be required for one or more applications. The request may be approved, rejected, or placed on hold for further information. Upon approval, user and application role information is submitted to an underlying system-of-record for user account management and provisioning, which is the core system for user authentication and authorization services. When processing is complete, the approved user is able to access a protected supplier-facing application.

         The disclosed method manages the entire process dynamically through an interface that enables an administrator to configure an extensive routing procedure for a large number of applications and approvals. This process is implemented through the definition of metadata. As a result further development is not required for the addition of user enrollment processes for new applications. Additionally, the disclosed method enables suppliers to manage their own profile via a protected interface.

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

·        Improved functionality due to providing a single tool to manage supplier user registration, enrollment and entitlement requests for multiple supplier-facing web-based applications

·        Improved performance due to combining both user registration and enrollment processes into a single process

·        Improved security due to ensuring the appropriate access to data by supplier and primary company personnel

·        Improved development environment due to reducing the time required for coding

·        Improved business environment due to improving primary company-supplier relationships

·        Improved business environment due to providing a uniform, consistent approach to administering application access requests for many applications

Detailed description

         The disclosed method is comprised of several components:

·        Application access request module

·        Delegated personnel manager module

·        Access approval module

·        Automated r...