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SWCC Showa Holdings Streamlines IT with NetIQ Identity Manager

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As a holding company, SWCC shares resources across all group companies to boost earnings. The company wanted to adopt an IT approach that could collect and unify communications and data in a sharable …

As a holding company, SWCC shares resources across all group companies to boost earnings. The company wanted to adopt an IT approach that could collect and unify communications and data in a sharable format. “To achieve this,” said corporate planning department head Noriyuki Mimura, “one major issue that needed to be addressed was the introduction of new identity and access management systems.

“We began by reworking the foundational network equipment that connects all of our operational sites across the world,” Mimura said. “With any network upgrade, security naturally becomes an important issue. As a result, identity management was a major concern of ours.”

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  • 1. S U C C E S S S T O R Y SWCC Showa Holdings (SWCC) was originally founded in 1936 under the name SHOWA ELECTRIC WIRE AND CABLE. In 2006, it reorganized into a holding company focused on the electrical and communication industries. As a holding company, SWCC shares resources across all group companies to boost earnings. The company wanted to adopt an IT approach that could collect and unify communications and data in a sharable format.“To achieve this,” said corporate planning department head Noriyuki Mimura,“one major issue that needed to be addressed was the introduction of new identity and access management systems. “We began by reworking the foundational network equipment that connects all of our operational sites across the world,” Mimura said.“With any network upgrade, security naturally becomes an important issue. As a result, identity management was a major concern of ours.” The NetIQ Solution After becoming a holding company, SWCC experienced an increase in personnel exchange, with the company transferring or assigning employees across different departments.“All of this movement was difficult to link smoothly with user access rights,”Mimura said,“and we needed a system that could solve that problem.”The identity management system also had to integrate with the user authentication and access restrictions that SWCC had just instituted with Microsoft Active Directory. Axio, an SWCC company, suggested NetIQ® Identity Manager as a solution. Axio had worked with four different identity management products internally, and had chosen NetIQ Identity Manager because of its flexibility and expandability. The company proposed the system to SWCC based on its experience and belief that NetIQ Identity Manager could be flexible enough to handle SWCC’s demands. SWCC Showa Holdings Streamlines IT with NetIQ Identity Manager Executive Summary INDUSTRY DESCRIPTION SWCC Showa Holdings is an umbrella group of Japanese businesses handling development, manufacture and sales of electrical cables and wires, coils, electrical systems, communications systems and related devices. The company works under the slogan “Creating for the Future.” BUSINESS SITUATION As it strove to share managerial resources across its group companies, SWCC Showa Holdings began to emphasize an IT approach that required a strong identity management system. THE NETIQ DIFFERENCE The company used NetIQ® Identity Manager to achieve a workload reduction and data sharing across applications. They can now transition employees in two days instead of a month. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES NetIQ® Identity Manager
  • 2. Worldwide Headquarters 1233 West Loop South, Suite 810 Houston, Texas 77027 USA Worldwide: +1 713.548.1700 U.S. / Canada Toll Free: 888.323.6768 info@netiq.com www.netiq.com http://community.netiq.com For a complete list of our offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, please visit www.netiq.com/contacts. Follow us: The new NetIQ Identity Manager system works with the personnel data in the company’s internal system. It allows administrators to migrate user IDs and passwords, and set up or change roles and access rights, with a single interface whenever events like employee transfers, hires or dismissals occur. The system also offers a single sign-on (SSO) for core business systems, such as sales and purchasing. SWCC Saves Time with NetIQ Identity Manager Before adopting NetIQ Identity Manager, SWCC staff had to write multiple application forms for every personnel transfer. The solution helped streamline this process. Mimura also praised NetIQ Identity Manager features on the system administrator side.“There is a regular personnel transfer that takes place in July every year,”he said.“At peak times, it could take a month to handle all of the user authentication and access restriction changes that needed to be made. After adopting Identity Manager, the time required after a transfer is now cut down to two days.” “Previously,”he continued,“we would run into issues like user IDs for people who have transferred departments or left the company still remaining on the system. Those problems are going to be a thing of the past now. “The biggest effect Identity Manager had,” Mimura said, “lay in the large variety of link modules provided. We had no method of linking data together before, so customization was always required in order to share data between the personnel data system and the rest of our groupware. With Identity Manager, we can share this data with almost no customization needed.” SWCC also used NetIQ Identity Manager to simply and effectively obtain the information needed for their audits.“We’re able to acquire all the data we need,”said Mimura,“so there is no need to go out and gather information later on for our audits.” SWCC eventually wants to manage data beyond basic personnel information like insurance, pension and salary so it can automate the entire role migration process. For example, SWCC wants to implement its job assignment management in NetIQ Identity Manager. Says Mimura,“making this fully automated may prove to be a tough task, but I have great expectations for Identity Manager going into the future.” Learn more today by contacting your NetIQ partner or a local NetIQ sales representative, or by visiting www.netiq.com for contact information in your area. “We had no method of linking data together before . . . With Identity Manager, we can share this data with almost no customization needed.” Noriyuki Mimura, Corporate Planning Department Head, SWCC Showa Holdings Co., Ltd. NetIQ and the NetIQ logo are registered trademarks of NetIQ Corporation in the USA. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective companies. © 2013 NetIQ Corporation and its affiliates. All Rights Reserved. CSS90068SWCC PO 1/13_F2