Chicago, IL, August 18th, 2016 — QuickLaunch Platform, a leading Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider of Single Sign-On, announces the release of QuickLaunch IDP which provides federation support for various protocols including CAS, SAML2.0, WS-Federation, Open ID and Open AM, thus eliminating the need for Ellucian clients to deploy, manage and maintain Ellucian® EIS.

QuickLaunch SSO’s prebuilt adaptors also eliminate the need for Ellucian® Banner® customers to develop, manage and maintain single sign-on integration to Banner® 8 INB, Banner® 8 SSB, Banner® XE and other third party enterprise applications including Office365®, Gmail®, Blackboard®, Canvas® and Moodle®.

“Currently, we understand that Ellucian® is recommending clients adopt Ellucian® EIS and purporting it to be a full-service SSO solution,” said Neeraj Kainth, CEO, QuickLaunch. “What clients are not being told is that they would need to deploy and manage CAS and Ellucian® EIS; CASify or SAMLize all third party applications for SSO; and then manage those SSO integrations on their own. Clients also don’t realize that they are introducing single points of failure as CAS is typically not implemented in a highly-available or clustered architecture. It is important for our clients to know that with LookingGlass and QuickLaunch they already have what they need to achieve SSO to all their services, including Banner® 8 and Banner® XE.”

What is QuickLaunch IDP?

The QuickLaunch IDP is a cloud-based, self-service identity provider which supports various protocols including SAML2, CAS, WS-Federation, Open AM and Open ID to achieve single authentication across all the backend systems. QuickLaunch IDP comes with a built-in, highly-available identity provider eliminating the need of having an onsite Shibboleth or CAS environment.

Major Features

  • img Institution Specific Branding:
    • img Institution’s admin can easily brand their QuickLaunch using self-service branding UI.
  • img Out-of-box SSO Adaptors for 200+ Apps:
    • img QuickLaunch comes preloaded with various ERP, SIS, LMS & E-mail apps.
  • img Self-Service Admin Interface:
    • img Cloud-based, self-service admin interface to customize, manage and create your own SSO apps.

Prebuilt Adaptor for Banner® 8 (SSB & INB) & Banner® XE

In lieu of deploying EIS (Ellucian® Identity Service) along with having to manage and maintain an on-premise CAS deployment, clients can now use the QuickLaunch IDP which has prebuilt adaptors for both Banner® 8 (SSB & INB) and Banner® XE.

QuickLaunch is currently supporting many institutions who are running both Banner® 8 and Banner® XE in parallel using application navigator along with providing SSO to other federated applications including Canvas®, Moodle®, Blackboard®, O365®, Gmail®.

QuickLaunch SSO Adaptors for Banner® 8 and XE are available at NO COST

Various schools have selected QuickLaunch as their preferred partner instead of having to implement and maintain both EIS as well as an onsite CAS install as QuickLaunch out-of-the-box comes with a highly available cloud based Identity provider. Institutions can leverage either CPS (CAS Protocol Server) or SAML2 integration for integrating Banner® XE and can continue to using CPS for their existing Banner® 8 components.

Develop Once, Deploy Everywhere

QuickLaunch SSO exposes its SSO apps as JSON RESTful Web Services. This allows QuickLaunch SSO apps to be interoperable with – LookingGlass CMS, LookingGlass Portal and Kryptos Mobile.

About QuickLaunch

With more than 550 clients and 11 million end users, QuickLaunch is the leading Platform-as-a-Service provider for Single Sign-On and is available on Web, Web Mobile and Mobile App.