The NOSI system was composed of a wide variety of applications and services including legacy systems that integrated to exchange data. The majority of these interfaces were point-to-point, with applications and services communicating directly, posing challenges in terms of best practices, scalability, performance, and security. On the other hand, the country is developing an e-governance ecosystem that supports the entire digital economy by modernizing legacy systems. Interoperability between the systems established by the various public and commercial sector institutions was critical to this goal.
To address these issues, a project to establish an interoperability platform was launched, to facilitate secure and controlled interoperability across systems developed by both the public and private sectors. The PDEX platform (Platform for Data Exchange) was born.
Simultaneously, the requirement for a central platform for identity management and the provision of single sign-on techniques that allow secure and fully controlled authentication and authorisation of users by third-party applications was identified. This platform was called Autentika.
Main challenges addressed:
Following a thorough examination of the many options available, NOSi opted for WSO2 for the following reasons:
WSO2 Enterprise Integrator is a robust low code tool that can handle a wide range of protocols and integration scenarios, a wide range of connectors, and most importantly the ability to develop custom connectors to existing systems creates an efficient and effective integration platform.
WSO2 API Manager facilitates the ability to expose data and service endpoints in a secure and governed environment while creating an API marketplace. The use of the product accelerated the ability to expose APIs for third-party integrations digitizing the government operations interconnecting with the business sectors.
WSO2 Identity Server is a perfect fit for Autentika initiatives as it has a wide array of features and functionalities in creating digital identities across the platform.
Country: Cabo Verde
NOSi develops innovative solutions for digital transformation, both for the public and private sectors, supported by highly qualified technicians and technological platforms that are modern, web-oriented, and adaptable to customer requirements. The company possesses over 20 years of experience in the field of Digital Governance nationally and internationally. The principal objective of NOSi is to spearhead the digital transformation of the Cape Verdean public sector in order to improve citizens' lives and foster creative business collaborations.
The WSO2 products were white-labeled and embedded in two projects, PDEX and Autentika, with the flexibility to host the solution in on-prem, cloud, or hybrid deployment architectures.
The PDEX platform provides a layer of integration and interoperability between applications and services that ensures a secure, scalable, and simplistic performance environment. Not only does the platform allow NOSi to better integrate systems, but it also allows data owners to deliver their data in the form of APIs, under their defined conditions. These APIs can be searched, explored, tested, subscribed to, and consumed by developers. This platform has systems in place to ensure that API subscriptions and consumption comply with the conditions set forth by the data owners. WSO2 Enterprise Integrator and WSO2 API Manager were primarily used to build this solution.
Autentika is the electronic identity management and authentication platform. It facilitates safe and reliable identification between citizens and online service providers. It enables applications to authenticate users and ensure single sign-on with other applications. This platform was implemented using WSO2 Identity Server. At the moment NOSi has several applications integrated with Autentika.
The benefits to NOSi have been considerable, including the availability of numerous systems enabling public and private entities to work together to deliver direct benefits to citizens who are the end-users. This includes improved registration and access to applications, increased system operability, reduced time spent on integration solutions and improvements in their quality, and increased control and visibility in system communications.
In terms of development, NOSi started with simple integration solutions. As the project complexity increased the organization was able to take more advantage of the platform's features. With timely access to support all encountered technical challenges were resolved with ease and deployment plans were met according to deadlines. The support received was fundamental in deploying Kubernetes using best practices and migrating to newer versions.
The WSO2 OEM Program provided all the necessary building blocks from custom commercial models to technological expertise in accelerating the development of the solution saving time and money. Using this program, NOSi was able to embed WSO2 products within the platform and obtained the redistribution licenses required in rolling out the solution both centrally and at the customer premises.
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