Using disparate security protocols spread throughout multiple applications, developers at Availity LLC spent more time than necessary creating security for each application.
Availity worked with IBM to install IBM® DataPower® Gateway devices, which serve as the first line of defense for inbound traffic by providing a centralized security solution.
35% reductionin hours spent on security and connectivity development
35% decreasein development costs through increased efficiency
Centralizes application securityinfrastructure so that a single team can manage it
Business challenge story
Eliminating security silosAfter acquiring several smaller companies, Availity sought a more centralized approach to application security. “Many of the technologies in the companies that we acquired had the security component in a silo, tightly coupled to the application,” says Jagadish Vemugunta, lead technical architect at Availity. “So our security practices were scattered across multiple applications.” Vemugunta wanted to centralize the company’s security practices to facilitate a consistent approach so that developers could focus more on business logic and less on security for each application.
Reducing staff workload and costsA single, centralized group on Availity’s middleware team now handles application security using the DataPower Gateway devices. “Developers don’t need to know the intricacies of how the security works, so they can concentrate on writing the pure business logic,” says Vemugunta. Plus, the DataPower devices make it easy for the middleware group to create custom security connections. Because the devices simplify Availity’s process for establishing connectivity with vendors through their advanced transformation and routing capabilities, Vemugunta states that the company has reduced hours spent on developing security and connectivity by approximately 35 percent. As a result, the business has reduced development costs by 35 percent.
Availity LLC integrates and manages clinical, administrative and financial data to fuel real-time coordination among providers, health plans and patients in a growing value-based care environment. Facilitating over seven million transactions daily, Availity provides accurate, timely and relevant information that is vital to customers’ financial success. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, in the US, the company employs more than 700 people nationwide.
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