The 8MAN user interface is a true revolution and is sure to permanently change the way you manage the mountain of log files and data that exists within your organisation”
Colas Rail is one of the world’s leading providers of rail infrastructure services. In the UK Colas Rail combines the engineering skills across multiple locations and specialist businesses. Thus providing total solutions in all aspects of railway infrastructure, from high-speed rail systems to light and urban rail.
“Access rights management across 23 locations and almost 1500 personnel is in itself a mammoth task, however when you take into account the number of outside contracts and partnerships we are involved with at any one time, it becomes totally unmanageable. Like many companies we had cobbled together a system that involved a multitude of emails and phone calls in order for someone to gain access to the information they required. This was frustrating and time consuming for all involved and as we moved forward it became apparent that we needed to explore automating the system and protecting the data from potential misuse and abuse”.
The brief from Colas Rail was to provide a solution that would effectively manage how the various pieces of data were being utilised across the organisation and partner companies, providing a comprehensive and easy to understand audit trail focused on increasingly strict compliance standards (8MAN is fully compliant across such standards as PCI, DSS, ISO, 270001, SOX and many more).
Products Supplied: 8MAN Enterprise, 8MATE for SharePoint, 8MATE for Exchange, 8MATE FS and 8MATE AD Logga
Licence: 1500 users - currently deployed across 23 UK Colas sites
We explored many options and even talked to our in-house developers about designing a solution, however when I discovered 8MAN the decision was simple. The 8MAN user interface is a revolution and changes the way you look at and monitor the mountain of log files and data that exist within an organisation. 8MAN automatically harvests the data and displays it in an easy to digest format making it incredibly easy to filter and report upon. Previously whilst the information clearly still existed, it was extremely difficult to actually get hold of.
“8MAN has had a ripple effect on our company ... we bought the program for one identified problem and then stood back in amazement as it shone a spotlight on data and access related issus across the entire operation”
The dashboard is permanently running on my machine, allowing me to constantly monitor our data situation.
Integrating the solution into the company was straightforward. The software has clearly been developed with a focus on usability and that really paid dividends when introducing the program to our less technical colleagues.
8MAN is an access rights management solution for Active Directory, File Server, SharePoint, Exchange, vSphere and SAP. In addition to these technologies there are several add-ons called 8MATES: GrantMA (a requesting platform) as well as our Active Directory (AD) and File server (FS) Loggas which track all changes to your AD or FS respectively. 8MAN’s main purpose is to show you who has access to a resource as well as who has the ability to remove or grant access. Instead of being a simple discovery and administrative solution, 8MAN has a wide range of features to help companies incorporate workflows, best practices and policy to ensure problems do not re-occur.
Customers use our software for a wide range of reasons: to restrict access to a need to have basis, to meet stringent compliance standards, to use IT resources more efficiently, to institute best practices and policy and more. In general, 8MAN saves you time and energy while also allowing you to manage your resources along best practice guidelines.