BHF-BANK achieves 40 percent faster approval times for systems access and cuts administration time on identity management by 20 hours a week. 

BHF-BANK, headquartered in Frankfurt and part of the French private banking group Oddo & Cie, has been catering to the needs of medium-sized family-run businesses and their families since 1854. The bank needed to replace its existing Sun Identity Management solution, now part of Oracle. The technology was reaching the end of its lifecycle and its licences were being terminated. The question was whether to stay with Oracle for identity management or look for an alternative.

Finding a replacement was complicated because the bank ran a mixed IT infrastructure and a lot of  proprietary code. A new identity and access management (IAM) solution would need to handle 30-plus target systems. Frank Riewe, Head of Ecommerce and Web Development at BHF-BANK, says: “We also wanted to future proof our system and not be in the position where our IAM investment was no longer supported.”

After extensive research, BHF BANK chose Identity Manager as its IAM technology. The services team successfully completed the implementation in less than 12 months, linking around 30 platforms, which included IBM mainframes, Oracle and SAP systems, and Microsoft directories. BHF-BANK was able to centralise the identity service for managing user identities and access rights for several thousand internal and external users.

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