Changing the Application Deployment Game
One of the biggest inhibitors to new application deployment is the length of time it takes for internal IT organizations to plug in the application to an instance of Microsoft (MSFT) Active Directory or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server.
One of the biggest inhibitors to new application deployment is the length of time it takes for internal IT organizations to plug in the application to an instance of Microsoft (MSFT) Active Directory or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. It's generally a manual process, so most internal IT organizations won’t make an application available to end users until they have some way to centrally manage who gets to access it. The end result is that the number of applications that an IT organization can roll out in a given year becomes artificially constrained.
Looking to give solution providers and their customers a way to break that logjam, Radiant Logic created RadiantOne federated identity service software, which plugs into an application programming interface (API) to automatically provision access to that application. Now Radiant Logic is taking that concept one step further by discovering and joining related pieces of information within those applications using what Radiant Logic calls extract-model-load (EML) technology to create a data model spanning multiple applications. That model then can be used to generate business intelligence reports that provide insights into the overall application environment at speeds higher than possible with traditional SQL tables.
Dieter Schuller, vice president of Sales and Business Development at Radiant Logic, said RadiantOne addresses the fundamental issue that IT organizations have stretched Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP servers in ways they were never designed, as they were intended to be a tool to manage network domains. However, far too many IT organizations, in the absence of any other mechanism, use these directories to manage the provisioning of applications. As an alternative, Radiant Logic is essentially making the case for software that automates the application provisioning process altogether, Schuller said.
The end result, he noted, is a much more nimble IT environment through which the internal IT organization now not only can provision applications much faster, but also discover the relationship between different applications and the people actually using them.
Of course, not every application has a neatly defined API. But most modern ones do. As such, solution providers looking to bring as many new applications into an IT environment almost have a vested interest in accelerating that process as much as the budget allows. In fact, many solution providers don’t actually get fully paid until the application is actually up and running.
Just about any IT organization of any size these days has, to one degree or another, lost control of its application environment. One way solution providers can generate a lot more new opportunities for themselves is helping those IT organizations to figure out how to go about regaining control of those applications.