Challenges of Single Sign-On Deployments
The adoption rate of cloud applications has been dramatic in recent years. Cloud applications like Salesforce.com, Box, and Office 365 are being deployed across the enterprise. As a result, many organizations have either devised policies for cloud applications or are looking to do so in the near future.
Many enterprises today are looking to implement a single sign-on (SSO) so their users can easily access all of their cloud and web applications without authenticating to each application individually. They want to connect all of their cloud applications back to a single source of truth, which in many cases is Microsoft Active Directory. Many companies conclude that the solution for single sign-on from Active Directory is Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)—simply because they are both Microsoft products.
But not all Active Directory integration solutions are created equal. IT departments considering ADFS should examine all aspects of implementing it for SSO. While the license for ADFS is free, there are several hidden costs associated with ADFS such as setup, ongoing support, and hardware. They should also consider what constitutes a complete identity management solution, including provisioning, contextual access management for mobile devices, centralized reporting and pre-integrated support for the thousands of applications that today’s companies are using.
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