Global construction and engineering firm saves big on implementation costs with Pythian’s custom Single Sign-On for Oracle E-Business Suite

1 min read
Dec 6, 2022


Global Engineering Company


Construction, Engineering, Government


Boston, Massachusetts

A global engineering company that works extensively with the US Federal Government contracts needed its Oracle E-Business Suite applications to comply with NIST SP 800-171 Cybersecurity Guidelines. This regulation required the firm to implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO) for its existing Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) systems. 

When off-the-shelf solutions exceeded the firm’s budget, Pythian designed an affordable Oracle EBS SSO solution fully compliant with government regulations. It was integrated into the firm’s existing EBS system in three months, customized to its unique needs, and saved the client 20x to 200x more than alternative solutions. As a result, the organization can now take on more US Federal Government contracts and has experienced increased employee satisfaction with an elegant solution for SSO and MFA.

What we did

When off-the-shelf solutions were extremely cost-prohibitive, the global engineering company sought a partner capable of designing an affordable Oracle EBS SSO solution to help them stay government compliant.

Pythian designed and integrated SSO with Azure ADFS using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) authentication. Upon deployment of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate and reverse proxy implementation, the firm is now government compliant with minimal disruption and limited technology investment.



Technologies used


  • Azure Active Directory Federation Services
  • Azure Single Sign-On
  • Security Assertion Markup Language
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Azure Active Directory Federation Services
  • Azure Single Sign-On
  • Security Assertion Markup Language
  • Multi-Factor Authentication

Key Outcomes

Pythian’s custom SSO solution for EBS saves clients up to 200x more compared to competing solutions, and is capable of being implemented on-premises or in the cloud. With minimal raw operational costs, no additional licensing costs, federation services support, it is easily integrated with Azure SSO. The global engineering firm experienced several benefits, including:

  • Compliance with NIST SP 800-171 Cybersecurity Guidelines for controlled unclassified information, enabling more projects with the US Federal Government.
  • One secure and unified identity management solution for employees and contractors instead of three independent tools.
  • Improved employee and contractor productivity due to low-friction sign-in solution, leading to higher employee satisfaction and better business performance. 

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