Hotels Address Compliance and Identity Management Business Challenges with Novell-Led Bandit Project

Seattle — Feb. 27
The Novell-led Bandit project today announced a solution to help address one of the major business challenges faced by hotel and hospitality enterprises: how to cost-effectively connect disparate systems to streamline administration and comply with regulatory requirements.

Using open source, the Bandit project has written a reference implementation based on Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) standards that will bridge various systems and platforms in an enterprise, including legacy systems, with commercially available identity management software. According to a white paper conducted by analyst firm IDC and sponsored by Novell, (“Demonstrating Return on Investment with Enterprise-Class Identity and Access Management Technology”) the total benefits of implementing identity and security management software in an organization averages more than $5.6 million annually.

The reference code created by the Bandit project builds on existing HTNG standards and implements additions proposed by the HTNG Identity Compliance Services team. The proposed standard is being developed for adoption into an HTNG standards release this year. The first implementation of the proposed HTNG standard is being initiated by Delaware North Companies, a global hospitality and food service provider.

“HTNG approached several vendors to address the problem of how our members could centrally connect and administer their heterogeneous systems,” said Douglas C. Rice, executive vice president and chief executive officer of HTNG, a global trade association that facilitates the development of next-generation, open standard technologies for the hotel and hospitality community. “An open source reference implementation, such as the Bandit project's, is particularly attractive…



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