ESS- Service Updates August 2021

Please remember – SIMS ID is subject to weekly maintenance and upgrades works, this maintains service performance and introduces new features, details of when this takes place is outlined here https://www.empsn.org.uk/knowledge-base/capita-maintenance-windows/ 

Visible developments made over the quarter include

SIMS ID for All Users.

SIMS ID Login Page Logos

SIMS ID Login Page can now display a different logo depending on what application you are authenticating for.

This change is being made as SIMS ID is used by other products for security, providing users with a single username and password across their education applications.

You may see a logo the represents the product you are logging in to, you will always see the ‘secured by SIMS ID’ at the bottom of the login box so you know what username and password to use.

My Profile Updates

The My Profile area of SIMS ID has been updated to make it simpler to use when managing your identity. The ESS UI/UX team has helped redesign this area based on comprehensive user feedback.
My Profile has been split into 3 distinct areas:

  1. General
  2. Login & Communication Preferences
  3. Security

General Area

Within the General Area there are three tabs: General, Additional Info, Sites & Roles and Account activity.
The General Tab has been simplified and now only contains:
• Name
• Usernames that you can log in with
• Email addresses that you receive notification to
• The date you last logged in
• The date you last changed your password
There is also an additional information sub-tab that gives information that is useful for the support this includes: The Account Create Date, The Account Last Updated Date, information on how your account was created and transferred from MIS

You can also access your Account Activity and view the sites and roles you have access to, including setting which sites tiles display when you log into SIMS ID.

Login & Communication Area

The Login & Communication section has been simplified and contains a single page that allows you to manage email addresses that can be used for login and with/or send system notifications to. System notifications also allow you to reset your password by email.
From the Login & Communication preferences menu, you can also see the external accounts associated with your account. You can click on each of these to add or unlink these accounts.

The Security Area

The security area is the same as it currently is within SIMS ID and has three tabs that allow you to and change your password, maintain your security questions in case you forget your passwords and manage your 2FA settings.

SIMS ID for Local Site Administrators

Oneroster API

A new Enrolment endpoint has been provided. Microsoft had requested this new endpoint be provided to improve the provision of SIMS data to SDS, this will make the Microsoft SDS provisioning more effective.

SDS Profile Creation Update

The SDS profile creation feature has been updated to no longer enable “Term Start” and “End Date” this is to accommodate an undocumented and unexpected MS change, that defaulted these values to on.

SIMS ID for Technical Integrators

OCP Key Functionality

OCP Keys and Site IDs are now available for sites that have installed your applications through the TI portal as well as directly to the customer through the Tile Store.

Auto Audience

New functionality has been added when an application is created or edited that will allow a
Technical Integrators set the “Default Audience” that will be associated with the Application on install.
Please note schools can override this. Setting the Default Audience will reduce the tasks Local Site Administrators will need to undertake to deploy your app to their users.

The default audience allows admin users to pick from user types or any of the custom groups that all sites within SIMS ID have access too and the user that meet that criteria will be automatically audience to an application when it is installed at a site

A number of general bug fixes and improvements have also been deployed.

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