Modernizing identity at scale for Fortune 200 manufacturer with 400+ apps
- Modernizing hundreds of applications without refactoring
- Saving millions by eliminating costly custom coding and exhaustive manual testing
- On the path to retiring two legacy identity providers to significantly reduce tech debt and maintenance costs
App identity modernization
“The more apps we can transition before our renewal, the more we save.”
— Manufacturing company, project lead
Racing against time: taking action before a costly legacy renewal
For a global manufacturing leader, the problem to solve was apparent: migrate its apps off legacy identity providers and move to the cloud. The cost of maintaining outdated systems went beyond the outsized monetary outlay — it stifled innovation, efficiency, and security. The company wanted to add modern authentication to all its applications but was hindered by outdated application architecture patterns and a lack of source code for some apps.
With a diverse range of products and a vast application portfolio, including many homegrown apps, the manufacturer needed to modernize its identity systems to maintain a competitive edge. They first considered the traditional modernization project method of rewriting the code of the 455 applications. A conservative estimate for the project? Many, many years, and a significant investment.
However, time was not a luxury the manufacturer could afford. Facing an imminent renewal of the existing legacy IDP — with costly licensing fees they needed to avoid — the company’s identity team was determined to accelerate migration to a new cloud-based identity provider. The stakes were high: delays could result in considerable financial losses and impact their broader identity modernization strategy and ability to innovate.
Mastering app modernization with Identity Orchestration
The company deployed Strata’s Maverics Identity Orchestration platform to help them get off the identity treadmill and migrate their apps quickly. With its robust OIDC auth provider functionality, Maverics uniquely allows the team to modernize in a way that suits the needs of a multitude of app architectures. They’re strategically phasing out the two legacy IDPs and temporarily transitioning to Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) while masking legacy systems with modern authentication protocols.
With its ability to redirect traffic and preserve complex access policies, Maverics ensures all business-critical applications remain operational during the migration. They move dozens of apps weekly, allowing the team to see a near-immediate return on investment.
“We wanted to streamline and minimize our identity infrastructure by repurposing existing components as a transitional step toward adopting a future modern IDP.”
— Manufacturing company, project lead
Migrating hundreds of applications, retiring two legacy IDPs, and realizing significant savings
The results so far have been transformative. The manufacturer is on track to successfully modernize its entire 455 application portfolio within the aggressive eight-month timeline. They have been able to phase out two legacy IDPs allowing the transition to AD LDS — paving the way for a future cloud-based IDP.
Escaping expensive application refactoring with Strata’s consumption-based pricing has led to considerable cost savings in a short time. In addition, the company is thrilled with the per-app and per-IDP pricing compared to its previous identity services that charged per user.
The manufacturer’s journey with Strata transcends the ability to meet deadlines and reduce costs. The result is a streamlined modernization project without scope creep and identity and app development teams that are more content and efficient. Together with Strata, they are setting a new standard for strategic identity management in the manufacturing industry. The project’s success will position the manufacturer for future growth and innovation with a flexible and robust identity management infrastructure that can adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape.
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