Single sign-on solutions, or first generation IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) platforms, have been quite popular with IT organizations. However, IDaaS has much more potential than just being SSO. The question IT admins need to look at is, “How is the SaaS single sign-on space going to evolve?
SSO solutions initially started to emerge after two things happened. The first was the advent of Microsoft Active Directory®, which became the market share leader in directory services. The second was the adoption of web applications, otherwise known as the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market.
Why did these two events trigger the development of the SSO market? While AD was an excellent identity provider for on-prem, Windows-based resources, it was not as great for anything else. When it came to connecting users to web applications that were located in the cloud, the legacy directory service fell down. Of course, vendors in the identity management space jumped on the opportunity to pick up where AD left off, and they were able to extend Active Directory identities to web applications. These were the first generation, SaaS single sign-on solutions to emerge.
The benefits were significant, and enabled a user to leverage their core identity to access a wide variety of web applications. For IT, the benefits included tighter access control and greater security over resources that didn’t directly connect to Active Directory. It was a win-win for everyone. However, this relationship only lasted for so long.
The Need for Better SaaS Single Sign-On
Of course, the challenge with this setup was that IT organizations needed to manage two separate systems – Active Directory and the SaaS single sign-on solution. This made for inefficient, siloed identity management, not to mention increased costs. When you add in cloud infrastructure such as AWS, the shift to WiFi networks, and the popularity of non-Windows operating systems such as Macs and Linux, suddenly the original iteration of single sign-on no longer provided users with a true single sign-on. IT admins were stuck managing a variety of consoles just to get through their work day.
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