Gateway Modernization Project Update
The Ohio Business Gateway is a powerful tool to easily enable businesses to transact with the State. To keep these resources in top form, the Modernization Project Team is continuously assessing progress, engaging in system testing and gathering feedback directly from our business users to help inform when we make a decision to go-live, we will deliver on the mission of the Gateway, to make doing business in Ohio easy and efficient.
As a result of these ongoing activities, we have determined that Phase 1 go-live will be Spring 2018. This timeline will ensure thorough testing of the system, allow us to incorporate the feedback we’ve received from business users, avoid high-volume filing periods, and put the project in the best position to deliver a user experience that meets the needs of Ohio’s businesses.
One of the changes business users will experience as a part of this effort is a redesigned business.ohio.gov and the Gateway login page. These changes will make information easier to locate and the website more user-friendly. We also are working to integrate with a statewide initiative known as OH|ID Business, which will change the way you log in to the Gateway.
OH|ID will provide businesses, citizens and State employees with a single sign-on to State applications, as well as increased security and privacy of information.
When the modernized Gateway goes live, you will be asked to create an OH|ID Business account the first time you log in. You will use this new account to log in to the modernized Gateway and, eventually, to access several different business-focused services and applications offered by the State.
This will also increase security across all the applications that are part of the initiative, including the Gateway. As additional applications connect to OH|ID Business, you will be able to manage your profiles for all connected applications at one time from one location.
The Gateway’s integration with OH|ID Business will result in a few extra steps the first time you log in. However, these steps will ensure that new OH|ID Business accounts are properly linked to your existing Gateway account. This one-time set up will make logging in and maintaining account information easier and more secure than ever before.
Being one of the first applications to take advantage of the benefits of OH|ID Business, such as single sign-on and increased security, exemplifies how the Gateway Modernization Project is fulfilling its mission of making doing business in Ohio easy and efficient by providing e-government services that are simple and secure.