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Model and Method for Centralized Management of Resource Associated Functionality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030253D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-03

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

One of the challenges faced today when integrating different applications into a single centralized administration console is how to resolve the entitlements of the many applications, system, and resource managers that have separate and distinct access control mechanisms. Often, integrated consoles can only show high level entitlements, such as, which applications a customer can use. The consoles have much more difficulty expressing the entitlements to the resources within the separate applications that run within the integrated console. This paper describes a methodology for centralized management of enterprise resource management software. This methodology allows for an administrator to map resources to users from a single application while leaving enforcement to the individual applications. This facilitates ease of use, entitlement checks, and creates a centralized policy enforcement point.