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Fortent Web-Based Sign-On Server Case Study

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Fortent provides risk and compliance solutions to financial institutions, government agencies, and individuals in more than 100 countries. Endorsed by the American Bankers Association, Fortent technology is used by the world’s largest financial firms across 50,000 locations. Fortent’s expertise in regulatory risk allows them to offer the most advanced anti-money laundering, know your customer, and fraud detection systems on the market today.

Business Goal

Fortent aims to enhance their security and user management capabilities while maintaining their existing infrastructure of mixed Java and .NET applications. The goal is to achieve seamless integration and management of user entitlements through a single sign-on solution that could cater to their vast and diverse client base, thereby solidifying their market leadership in providing top-tier compliance solutions.

Business Challenge

Faced with a mixed environment comprised of Java and .NET applications, Fortent was looking for a unique approach that would allow these legacy applications to remain intact. They also needed to provide access through a single sign-on that would handle the management of user entitlement to specified applications.

Using a combination of AJAX, Java, JSTL, Spring and Hibernate, we built a web-based sign-on server that managed new users and controlled their roles and permissions.


Using a combination of AJAX, Java, JSTL, Spring, and Hibernate, we built a web-based sign-on server that managed new users and controlled their roles and permissions. Through the use of sophisticated session management in the local browser, a fast web services protocol (Hessian), plus, a cache located on each SSO server (EhCache), we minimized inter-server traffic and reduced the overall cost.

Project Highlights

  • Single Sign-On Interface: Development of a robust web-based sign-on server that integrates seamlessly with legacy systems.
  • Advanced Session Management: Implementation of sophisticated session management to enhance security and performance.
  • Cost-Effective Solutions: Utilization of Hessian web services protocol and EhCache to minimize costs associated with inter-server traffic.


Our team delivered on the core issues, including central sign-on, central permissions, highly optimized inter-server communications, and a simple API that allowed developers to add systems if necessary.

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