Single sign-on: a singularly good idea

Written by: Jane Handel

Single Sign On: A Singularly Good Idea A few failed attempts to log in; a locked account notification; the toggling between refreshing the inbox and double checking the spam folder for the reset-password link; coming up with a sufficiently secure password (oops! Can’t use one you’ve already used before—wait, was that my old password?); re-logging in on mobile devices…sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Resetting forgotten passwords is a special sort of tedious. For your employees, who have to manage multiple apps, programs, and systems just to get their work done, this is more than just an annoyance: it gets in the way of them doing their job and wastes valuable time. 

Luckily, the solution is a simple one. Single Sign-On (SSO)—one username and password per employee that allows access to the suite of programs your team need—will save time, money, and needless frustrations for you and your employees.

The challenge with disparate systems

Without a fully integrated back-office solution, your managers and staff rely on a host of different programs and tools to manage the day-to-day. The more systems they have to juggle, the more individual usernames and passwords they have to memorize. Every minute your team spends resetting their login credentials is time they’re not spending on the work they’re trying to get done. 

There are some stop-gap solutions many teams rely on. For example, some employees may choose to set the same username/password for each system they use, but this poses a security threat for your business: it only takes one system to be compromised to put the rest at risk. Or, in an attempt to simplify, teams may share log-in credentials. But that makes tracking who did what a challenge, and requires the team to reset log-in details each and every time someone leaves the business, to protect proprietary information. Neither solution is viable long term.

At Fourth, we knew there had to be a simpler solution.

Fourth’s SSO

Team members and managers should be able to access all the tools they need to do their jobs with the touch of a button. The Fourth Platform provides fully-integrated Purchase-to-Pay and Inventory, Workforce Management, and Analytics, along with an open architecture to allow integration of other key systems. With just one username and password, your employees will have role-based access to everything they need through the platform.

SSO eliminates credential-sharing. Unique log-ins make accountability easy, and allow access to applications to be tailored to the individual. This ensures each and every employee has the right level of access to do their jobs. And, when an employee leaves your organization, access to all systems can be immediately restricted, to keep proprietary information, well—proprietary. 

Conclusion

Running a restaurant has enough challenges. Access to the tools you need shouldn’t be one of them. Empower your employees with a SSO solution, protect your data, and free up time to focus on delivering outstanding customer experiences, not remembering passwords.

To learn more about our ID & Access Management, and SSO through the Fourth Platform, feel free to contact us here
 

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