LIVERMORE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Imanami today announced the immediate availability of the next generation of its group management software suite, GroupID 8. Building on a platform that already provides a high level of security and performance, often reducing IT helpdesk tickets by up to 50 percent, GroupID 8 delivers more control and better service to both IT professionals and users. The new release supports the industry's most popular platforms, including Microsoft® Active Directory®, Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps for Work, and Azure Active Directory.
The new GroupID 8 delivers enhanced security with single sign-on (SSO) support across the entire Imanami product suite with the included GroupID Authenticate module, which provides federation services for multiple identity stores including Active Directory, Microsoft Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), and standards-based LDAP directories such as Oracle Internet Directory. GroupID Authenticate also extends SSO support to popular cloud-based federation solutions that are SAML 2.0 compliant, such as Okta, Ping®, Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), and OneLogin™.
Coupled with a sophisticated role-based management system to granularly control permissions and portal design, IT administrators can empower end users to control their own user profiles, group memberships, and password changes without IT involvement. It also features automatic group membership provisioning and de-provisioning, which add and remove users, protecting a company's confidential data after an employee is hired, changes roles, or leaves the organization.
The release of GroupID 8 arrives on the heels of a recent commissioned Forrester Consulting research study that found that a composite organization using Imanami's GroupID group management software could expect to realize a three-year, risk-adjusted return on investment (ROI) of 542 percent, with payback of the original implementation cost in as little as 3.7 months.
"When an organization doesn't properly handle group management, productivity is lost, IT resources are wasted, and security is put at unnecessary risk," said Robert Haaverson, chief executive officer at Imanami. "The guiding principle behind GroupID is better groups, better security. Our latest release reinforces that principle. It delivers new features and functionality that clients have been asking for, and continues to eliminate group management logjams, save and conserve IT resources, and reduce security vulnerabilities."
GroupID 8 gives IT professionals automated tools that effectively provision and manage users in security groups and distribution lists quickly and easily. Not only does this reduce IT workload and helpdesk tickets, it improves employee productivity by putting users in the correct distribution groups immediately. More importantly, because they are always up to date, having accurate groups and lists improves security.
These facts are supported by Forrester Consulting's June 2016 study, The Total Economic Impact™ Of Imanami GroupID. Forrester concluded that GroupID's automated process of managing distribution lists, purging former employees and contractors, and updating security groups and Active Directory memberships when employees change roles inside the organization helped reduce annual business and IT labor costs by an average of 22,000 hours. By delegating responsibility and accountability for initial distribution list creation and ongoing list management to the functional business units, the organizations reduced help desk tickets by 78,000, annually.
"We've been using Group ID for about 10 years, and have grown to about 66,000 distribution lists today, managed in our environment," said Fernando Diban, Enterprise Messaging & Collaboration, Wells Fargo. "GroupID is easy to setup, easy to maintain, reliable and very flexible. They provide excellent customer support, quick and strong."
While the numbers by themselves would be enough to attract companies to improve profitability, Imanami assures success with its world-class customer support programs. Providing the tools and knowledge needed to deploy GroupID quickly and seamlessly in a company's IT infrastructure, Imanami's technical support team is a key asset to deliver on the company's promise of better groups, better security.
For a demonstration of GroupID 8, or to request a free trial, please visit imanami.com/get-a-demo or call 800-684-8515.
Imanami is the leader in Group Lifecycle Management solutions for Microsoft® Active Directory®. The company's GroupID software suite empowers IT professionals with the tools needed to effectively and automatically provision and manage users, ensuring that an organization's information always gets to the right people at the right time. With GroupID by Imanami, groups are never out of date. As a result, IT professionals can improve their productivity, companies can keep their valuable information secure, and users can quickly and easily solve common problems independently. Founded in 2001, Imanami is privately held and is headquartered in Livermore, CA. For more information, visit us at www.imanami.com, or on Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn.
Kelly Karr - Tanis Communications
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