Schneider Electric: Streamlining Identity Management
Why the global leader in energy management chose Auth0 as the foundation of their identity infrastructure
About Schneider Electric
At Schneider, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment. We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.
On the heels of significant growth and new partnerships, Schneider Electric, the world’s leading supplier of integrated energy solutions, faced a major update to its IT infrastructure. With over 170,000 employees across more than 100 countries, the company needed an Identity and Authorization Management (IAM) strategy that could scale with the company’s next phase of growth while maximizing efficient use of resources. Schneider Electric specializes in energy management. Not IAM. The goal: implement an IAM system with Single Sign On (SSO) across the whole company. A system that could reuse identities and streamline disjointed “islands of data."
Find the Right Partner for SSO, Unified Identity Across the Enterprise
A cost-benefit analysis quickly proved that Schneider Electric would be better off leveraging its employee resources to deliver on core business goals and objectives. The company needed a partner, but who would be right for Schneider Electric’s ambitious plan? Management was convinced that their current provider wasn’t up to the task, and time was of the essence. The company needed a reliable specialist in enterprise identity management with a solution that could be flexible and easy to work with, could integrate with externally facing web and mobile applications, that is compliant with open standards for identity federation, and that is powerful enough to satisfy long-term needs. Several in-house developers and architects urged management to put Auth0’s IDaaS solution to the test. They were familiar with Auth0’s developer-friendly reputation, and had seen Auth0 successfully deliver efficient and effective authentication for a choosy government agency.
With the help of Auth0’s customer success team, Schneider Electric implemented a quick and successful proof of concept trial. With this success, and experiencing Auth0’s flexible, modern and developer-centric approach first-hand, Schneider Electric selected Auth0 for its new federated identity management system.
Schneider Electric needed a single sign-on system that could let users log in once to all of the company’s diverse systems and applications. With the same identities and credentials unifying disparate parts of this global enterprise, Schneider Electric’s workforce would be able to securely connect to applications such as ERP and eCommerce without the hazards and inefficiencies of maintaining many username and strong password combinations. One unified process for all of Schneider Electric’s “islands of data” could break down barriers within the corporation and easily tackle challenging identity integration problems.
What to Look For in an Enterprise IAM Partner:
Scalable Federated Identity
Frustrated by the limitations of proprietary solutions, Schneider Electric leveraged Auth0 to create a scalable federated identity management system that is easy to build upon and easy to manage. Auth0 integrates across all widely adopted identity standards and providers, so now Schneider Electric can collaborate with external partners and services, and its external website users can authenticate with social logins such as Facebook. The Digital Services Platform team can give each user a single set of credentials and corresponding authorizations, and enterprise applications use federated identity protocols to authenticate users and grant allowed access across the whole business, and beyond.
Led by Stephen Berard, senior global software architect at Schneider Electric, Kenneth Carroll, VP of software platform and software architect, Manu Cohen-Yashar, the Digital Services Platform team started small with early-stage Auth0 pilot projects. Building upon success and gaining confidence in the platform with experience, the team’s on-going subscription contract has expanded with use, remaining flexible and improving overall business efficiency, meeting Schneider Electric’s growing needs.
“We were impressed by the predictable pricing and easy ability to build exactly what we need,” said Berard. “At first the discussions were around ‘whose corporate card is this going to go on?’ Then it became about, ‘how are we going to get corporate to sign-off on a new and emerging technology?’ It was quickly evident how efficient and effective Auth0 was at meeting our IAM existing and future needs, and how this translated to more of our precious resources being spent for the good of the company and our customers. They got it.”
Enhanced Security, Risk Management
Extra work eliminated
Responsive, flexible partner
Fast, thorough reaction to vulnerabilities
Increased security, IAM best practices implemented
More resources for IT innovation
Straightforward pricing, contract, subscription
Easier planning, fast integrations
Great docs, sample code, developer focus
Enterprise SSO together with custom app acceleration
“Before any news sites reported on last year’s Heartbleed zero day vulnerability, Auth0 emailed us to alert us to the situation. There was already a patch to eliminate the Heartbleed threat from Auth0’s systems, followed by a confirmation email that Auth0 had already installed this patch on the Schneider Electric instance of Auth0’s service,” said Berard. “Auth0 helps our platform team look really good. In this scenario, not only had the security issue been patched, our IT team was able to save valuable time by leveraging the detailed steps on how the issues were mitigated to report directly to our internal team. What’s more, Auth0 cycled the certificates, something else that would have been very labor intensive for the team to do on its own.
Eliminates need to run an identity store, saving limited employee resources
Reduces risk associated with authentication and authorization
Quick and thorough security patching against vulnerabilities
“Security is often misunderstood, and when it is an afterthought, left to the end, it tends to bite you in the butt. We didn’t have to kick the proverbial can down the road every time a new security or authentication question came up, whether the question was hypothetical, practical or mission critical,” said Berard. “With the Auth0 platform, we can plan and integrate identity architecture early to save critical time and ensure a secure system is in place when a project gets off the ground.”
Empowers IT team to invest into strategic business and customer demands, and innovation
IT team is able to plan identity scenarios early and make any necessary integrations quickly
Provide both traditional enterprise SSO as well serve as the ultimate accelerator to integrate the same identity management into custom applications and APIs
Easy to Work With, Easy to Implement
“The biggest selling point was that Auth0 is super easy for developers to use and integrate. We also appreciate that the Auth0 platform follows open standards and has extensive features to make it really easy for developers,” said Kenneth Carroll, VP of software platform, Schneider Electric.
Implementation was quick, seamless and easy
As Schneider Electric grows and company needs evolve, Auth0 works with the team to help address new and emerging identity needs
Through SSO, Schneider Electric eliminates the burden of additional log-in prompts – one less password for valuable customers to manage; increasing security and reducing friction
“We were very impressed with how fast the Auth0 team gets back to us when we have a question. We have a different relationship with them compared to our other vendors. We feel they are one of us – solution and developer minded – always open to our questions, talking out an idea, and even adapting their service to our specific needs,” said Manu Cohen-Yashar, specialized tech architect, Schneider Electric.
Flexible and patient through contract discussions
Comprehensive, easily understood documentation and code samples, and attentive, quick-responding customer service – especially through convenient online chat
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The Auth0 Identity Platform, a product unit within Okta, takes a modern approach to identity and enables organizations to provide secure access to any application, for any user. Auth0 is a highly customizable platform that is as simple as development teams want, and as flexible as they need. Safeguarding billions of login transactions each month, Auth0 delivers convenience, privacy, and security so customers can focus on innovation. For more information, visit https://auth0.com.