ERP Overview from an IAM Perspective

ERP plays a critical role by helping an organization in managing its core business processes such as, project management, procurement, sales, etc. It manages day-to-day business activities by providing a central information system for data sharing. A greater visibility, increased productivity and operational efficiency can be observed by synchronizing all these areas. To authenticate and authorize the users within ERP software, there is a major role played by Identity and Access Management. It authenticates the digital identity of the users and manage their roles and access privileges in the central information system.

In this blog we are discussing about the benefit of implementing ERP by comparing it with the traditional method and also about securing it with the help of IAM modules. The blog also mentioned about the SAP (System applications and Product) which is a top ERP solution, it has positioned as a leader in Gartner’s Magic quadrant for single instance ERP, for multiple consecutive areas as per different evaluation criteria.

Sailpoint IdentityIQ Pass through Authentication via Active Directory

When working with the Cloud, organizations of any scale wish to have common credentials across on-premise applications and the cloud applications. It’s the best user experience as well as the best IT management experience. The overhead of facilitating this can be quite a large endeavor.

Sailpoint’s IIQ provides Pass-through authentication using which a Login into IdentityIQ can be done via an enterprise directory credentials or via SSO credentials.

With pass-through authentication in Sailpoint IdentityIQ, password validation takes place through Application Configured in IdenitytIQ. What this means is a simple, but effective SSO solution for the end user. The below presentation gives a quick overview of concepts of Pass Through Authentication and how it is implemented in Sailpoint IdentityIQ.

The presentation is followed by different use cases demonstrated.





PlainID – Product Overview

PlainID is a young Authorization Management software company. They found an innovative approach to simplify and optimize dynamic, fine grained access to resources and data.

Following video demonstrates about the PlainID product Overview, Architecture and practical implementation of the product in the field of Identity & Access Management.


Enabling Active directory SSL authentication

Using JNDI we can access the active directory, but if we want to access the active directory using the secure port we need to get the certificate issued by the active directory certification services.

The certificate helps to authenticate the server over SSL.

SSL authentication is useful when we need to perform the administrative stuff like changing password using JNDI.

Active directory enables us to access the server over SSL using the certificate issued by that server.

To access the active directory using the JNDI we need to get the certificate issued by the active directory and import that into java key tool.


1.     Creating and exporting certificate file

We can export the certificate which can accept the SSL authentication in many ways. But in this article we are exporting the certificate using the internet explorer and command prompt.

Note: to export the certificate, server should be installed with active directory certification services. Refer the following link to install the ADCS

         i.            Exporting the certificate using the internet explorer
  • Open in the internet explorer in the windows server and click on internet options
  • navigate to content and click on certificate


  • In the certificates tab navigate to trusted root certificates and click on the certificate with your server name. (in this case server name is ADSERVER)


  • A new popup will populate with certificate name that you have selected, in that click on details tab and select copy file option.





  • Then new popup windows will appear, in that click next.





  • select the option do not export private key and click next




  • Select the base 64 encoded and click next.



  • Provide the path and name to certificate.
  • Verify the options and click on finish.





      ii.            Exporting the certificate using command prompt
  • open command prompt in your windows server
  • navigate to the folder where you want save certificate
  • enter the following command to export the certificate

> certutil -ca.cert sslcert.cer



2.    Importing certificate into java keytool


After exporting the sslcert.cer file, copy the file into host machine installed with java.

The following steps explains to import sslcert.cer file into java key tool in various environments

        i.            Linux
  • Open the terminal in the folder which containing the exported file
  • execute the following command

# keytool -importcer -keystore JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/security/cacerts -file sslcert.cer

  • Default password for the keystore is: changeit
  • Enter yes to import the certificate to key store


     ii.            Windows
  • Open the command prompt in administrator.
  • navigate to the folder containing exported certificate file
  • Execute the following command

> keytool -importcer -keystore JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/security/cacerts -file sslcert.cer

  • Default password for the keystore is: changeit
  • Enter yes to import the certificate to key store