Unicon’s open source software eliminates licensing fees and puts an end to vendor lock-in, offering control and flexibility with community-derived upgrades and enhancements. “Unicon’s line of open source solutions includes Central Authentication Service (CAS), Drupal platform, and Sakai,” adds Bowen. CAS provides a web single sign-on technology to create a secure way for users to access multiple services. Unicon offers integration consulting to assist with conversion of applications on a variety of web platforms to use CAS for authentication. Moreover, Unicon's consulting services focus on helping organizations and institutions leverage Drupal as the core platform for delivering content and applications on the web. Sakai, an innovative platform for teaching, learning, and research with its Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) provides powerful and flexible tools to enhance online teaching. Unicon relies on software engineering and systems integration expertise to offer consulting and custom development services.
With its open source solutions, Unicon has delivered incremental growth and solutions to negate IT business challenges faced by many organizations across the U.S. A case-in-point is of Columbia University who faced the need for accessing data securely and collaborating in the cloud.
Unicon solutions are based on open source and community source technologies to increase productivity, while keeping developmental costs low
Collaborating with authentication solution providers, Unicon along with Duo Security, a cloud-based security access provider, recently released a multifactor authentication solution for Shibboleth 3.x IDP. This extension allows universities and colleges to implement an extra layer of security for the protection of application and resources. “Unicon’s involvement in this extension exhibits its commitment to open source and the community of institutions that invests in adding an extra layer of security to protect sensitive resources. A collaboration we will continue to develop in the coming years,” concludes Bowen.