One of the hottest categories in the IT sector has been the identity and access management market for web application Single Sign-On (SSO). A company of 101-250 employees uses an average of 99 web applications, so there’s no doubt that IT admin are looking for solutions to secure and streamline user access to them. That leads those looking for a solution to ask the question of whether Okta® or OneLogin™ SSO is better.
Okta and OneLogin are just two of the many players in the SSO market. Major tech giants like Google™, Microsoft® and AWS® also have their hands in this cookie jar, so it can be a difficult task to determine which solution is better for your IT environment. The thing is, Okta or OneLogin SSO might not even be the solution you are looking for. So, let’s take a look at the problem web app SSO providers were created to address.
Web App SSO was Created to Help Active Directory
Before web-based applications were created, the typical user utilized Microsoft® Windows® for their system, Microsoft Office for productivity software, and Microsoft Exchange for email. IT admins used Microsoft Active Directory® on Windows Servers to manage users and systems. Suffice it to say, the office was dominated by on-prem, Microsoft technology. Then, the first major SaaS product, Salesforce®, revolutionized how applications and software were delivered. The ease of use and low costs has resulted in thousands of SaaS products available today.
The dominant identity provider at the time, Active Directory, wasn’t built to connect with these non-Microsoft, web-based applications. But this didn’t change the fact that IT still needed to manage user access to this new resource. So, web app SSO providers emerged.
Okta or OneLogin SSO
Web app SSO providers have done well, and Okta and OneLogin SSO have matured over the last ten years. Both SSO solutions were built well, and each supports thousands of applications. They also integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Active Directory and OpenLDAP™ – the core identity providers most organizations are using. For many implementations, there isn’t a substantial difference between the two. We have also recently seen quite a few organizations that leverage G Suite™ or Office 365™ take advantage of free SSO solutions offered from Google and Azure®.
While it’s hard to go wrong with a web app SSO provider, most IT admins are rethinking how they want to approach the overall concept of cloud identity management. They know that web-based applications are just one IT resource that Active Directory is struggling to connect with in today’s modern office. Effectively, Okta and OneLogin only help solve challenges related to web application access and management. A modern core identity provider needs to manage the authentication and authorization of on-prem applications, cloud infrastructure, systems, cloud and on-prem file storage, WiFi access, and much more. The right cloud identity management platform doesn’t provide just SSO to web apps, but also to a wide range of IT resources. This approach is called True Single Sign-On™, and it transcends web application SSO providers.
A Better Solution Than Web App SSO
True SSO provides IT admins with one platform where they can manage user access to systems (Windows, Mac®, and Linux®); legacy and web-based applications; physical and virtual file storage; and wired and wireless networks. IT admins can finally abandon their costly, cumbersome, multi-solution approach in favor of a single, cloud-based, comprehensive core identity provider.
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