Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)

This paper describes a method and system to manage and apply entitlements. An identity integration server centrally manages data associated with entitlements for a variety of identities. The integration server can select one of a plurality of workflows. One or more of a plurality of entitlements to be used to run the workflow is selected as well as a set of identities for which the workflow is applicable is selected. A determination is made as to whether the workflow should be run on the identities. If it is, then the workflow begins. The one or more entitlements are added to an granted entitlements list. A separate procedure can be started to assign the entitlements to the identity or identities.

Entitlements are a function which can be activated or disabled for a given identity on a given application or system. The entitlement is typically assigned to an identity in accordance with a business procedure. For example, each full-time employee can be given an email address if a manager approves. In this case, if the employee is in full-time status the email notification will be sent to the manager for approval. Once the manager approval is received, an email account may be created for theemployee.

Entitlements are typically used to create provisioning for applications in line with the business procedure. If entitlements are applied directly to an application, it would need the person who is executing the business process to have permissions to the application that the entitlement is being applied to. Additionally, it could cost a lot of money to enable entitlements for the application based on factors such as network traffic and system load. Other business processes could also have the same entitlement. The system could result in redundant calls to the application in this scenario. Additionally, the system could apply the entitlement onto the application in a inconsistent way.

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In this article are a range of technologies and techniques directed to methods and systems for managing and applying entitlements. Based on one of the described technologies, an identity integration server centrally manages the data associated with entitlements for a variety of identities. The integration server is able to select among a range of workflows. A plurality of entitlements to be used for the workflow are chosen, and a set of identities forwhich the workflow is applicable is selected. The workflow is then decided on whether it will be executed by using the identities. If so, then the workflow begins. The entitlements are then added to an granted entitlements list. Then,a separate process may be activated to assign one or more entitlements to identity or identities.

In another implementation of the technologies described, the integration server receives the request to grant entitlement to an individual. The integration server checks to determine if the entitlement is already in existence. If it is, there are no conditions to be changed. If not, the entitlement may be granted. If you want to apply for an identity entitlement, another process may be initiated.

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