German airline Lufthansa is using Novell's directory and network services in a multimillion euro security infrastructure deal to cut costs through centrally managed network applications.
The system will serve the company's 70,000 employees using a metadirectory based on the Novell eDirectory. Lufthansa has identified over 600 business applications that should be integrated into the system, all of which were previously managed separately.
The company-wide licence entitles Lufthansa to Net Services products such as NetWare 6, ZENworks, eDirectory, DirXML and Novell Account Management.
The applications integrated so far include SAPHR, an email system, telephone data, the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system as well as an internal travel request application system.
After a planning phase that began in April 2001 the first stage of implementation began in December.
Markus Krauss, director of enterprise sales, Europe, Middle East & Africa, at Novell, said: "We have so far implemented five applications so we have 595 to go.
"This is an ongoing process and there is an opportunity to add more applications when [the company] sees the benefit to get a better return on investment.
"When a new employee arrived someone had to sort out an email account, set up a PC and enable web access. But now it has a centralised management and security system for all these."
Krauss added that Novell's Net Services security made it easier to control access to the network. The PKI security system is fully controlled by the directory with no additional management required.
Lufthansa IT services subsidiary Lufthansa Systems Infratec will manage the system, with Novell providing training and technical support.
The current consultation, education and technical services contract will run until 2005 when changes in the licensing scheme may occur.
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