This is my story. Let me share it with you.
When I heard abbreviation IDM at the first time, I understood nothing (IDM administrators, please, don’t laugh very loudly at this moment 🙂 And by the way, don’t read this post at all). Even when I heard the full definition of Identity Management I got the same result: I understood every word separately but not the general sense, what should it do and why… Even now, after one year working at midPoint project as a developer, I can’t define myself as administrator of this system. Unfortunately, no, I’m not an administrator of midPoint IDM system, I’m just a developer…
But I believe that not everyone needs the knowledge of how IDM system should work, how it should be configured, what magic it does… There is a lot of people like some managers or some employees who don’t need such deep knowledge of IDM system. They need just some simple services such as viewing (or editing if it is allowed) their personal data, changing their password, requesting a role… That’s why we decided to implement such Self Service GUI part, to separate it for usual (not administrator) users of midPoint.
So now, if you want to know what data is assigned to your midPoint user (e.g. accounts, assignments etc.), please welcome to Home page of Self Service section. The profile will show you your personal data (such as name, telephone number etc.) and also it will show you your projections, assignments, tasks. To change your password, please go to Credentials page and use the most simple changing password form (if you see on that page some “stupid” field “Old password” or “stupid” section “Password propagation”, don’t strain yourself, just ask your administrator to configure this page in such way, not to see these “stupid, unnecessary” things at all, it is really possible 🙂 ).
And finally, Request a role page. If you are eager to have more roles (and to have more responsibilities and more work 🙂 ), just ask for the new roles on the Request a role page. It is also possible to totally assign a new role on this page if you have enough rights for that.
So don’t be afraid to use IDM system. It is easy. For everyone. And personally for you.