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IT Project: WebSSO Upgrade

Project Status

August 2020 – The WebSSO System Upgrade project is now complete. This upgrade occurred in a phased approach with multiple groups and individuals involved in more than 217 implementations across the university. Thank you all for your contributions to this high priority project over the last year. 

WebSSO Implementation Timeline

Project Timeline 

Project Charter


The Web Single Sign-On (WebSSO) system at Northwestern is a crucial infrastructure product that supports secure login access to over 600 applications and websites combined. This project will upgrade the current WebSSO system, powered by OpenAM, to the latest vendor version (6.5), in a phased approach, concluding on July 31, 2020.

Goals and Objectives


The project has three primary phases:

To ensure continuity of IT services, the current WebSSO system will run in parallel with the new version until all applications and websites are upgraded.

A Project Steering Committee has been created and meets monthly throughout the project. 

Project Timeline

Phase Description Status Target Completion Date
1 Research and proof of concept Complete December 20, 2019
2 Implementation to the University community Complete January 2020 - July 2020
3 Decommission of the current WebSSO system Complete July 31, 2020

 Project Contacts

Name Title Role
Perla Ledesma Senior Project Manager, Office of Portfolio Management Project Manager
Myndi Brown Manager, Identity Services Manager, Identity Services
Stu Baker Director, Identity Services Project Sponsor

Last Updated: 8 September 2020

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