Based on the general acquisition themes highlighted in our article, OneLogin Has Been Acquired — What Happens Next?, the information we have available, and your organization’s specific needs, we have a few recommendations for you regarding OneLogin’s acquisition.
1. Take some time to reassess your organization’s needs, goals, and future plans
If your needs involve other point solutions beyond OneLogin SSO, maybe it’s time to consider a more robust solution that was all built under one roof to provide a seamless overall experience. This will save you time and money that would otherwise be spent managing disparate solutions and paying for every individual feature that you need.
Dissect your organization’s overall one, two, or even five-year plan. Are you planning to scale quickly? Will you be adding brand new teams into the org, moving to hybrid work, or transitioning to the cloud? Will you need more powerful and refined IAM infrastructure in place to meet your goals?
Use these considerations to ensure the vendors that you rely on for IT infrastructure are aligned with your organization and its specific needs. If OneLogin, in its current state or the state you expect it to be in after this acquisition, doesn’t line up with what you have laid out, start considering other options.
2. Take this opportunity to look at SSO in a broader sense
With so many organizations taking advantage of work from home policies, it may be time for you to look into a broader SSO and IAM solution compared to the one that OneLogin provides. It’s very likely that users within your organization use more than just web and on-prem applications — many of them probably also log into Wi-Fi networks (if your office is open to hybrid workers) and connect over VPNs using their Mac, Windows, or Linux devices, and may even still need to remotely access physical or virtual file servers.
In this type of scenario, an all-encompassing single sign-on solution that works across virtually all of a user’s IT resources makes far more sense than a solution that provides only web app SSO.
Even if One Identity wants to build out OneLogin’s current capabilities to better align with these needs, that will take a significant amount of time to be achieved. And if they want to keep OneLogin as is for the most part, does such a limited SSO solution fit into your current and expected needs moving forward?
3. Consider the intent of One Identity — if they change OneLogin, will it positively or negatively impact your organization?
Maybe you love OneLogin’s current capabilities, or you’re hoping that certain changes are implemented due to this news. Are you going to wait around and see what happens or make an action plan now? The best choice here is based on your organization’s level of risk tolerance.
If you’ve followed recommendations one and two, you likely already have an idea of what the best next steps are for your organization. If OneLogin in its original form doesn’t seem like it will suit your evolving needs in the future, there’s not much that One Identity can do immediately that will change that.
4. Plan for a worst case scenario — i.e. the product changes in a way that doesn’t suit you or disappears altogether, or you get let go as a customer.
If any of the above scenarios happen, what will your next steps be? Based on your thoughts about One Identity’s intent, start transitioning over to a different, more robust IAM/SSO solution or put a plan in place that addresses each of these possible events. This will help minimize damage and keep you from being blind sided in the near future.
Planning for the worst might also just be dealing with an issue that has been put off for a while — that is, OneLogin only handles SSO across a small portion of the tools your users sign into daily. If that issue has been hiding in the back of your mind for a while and the acquisition brought it to the forefront, there’s no better time to make a much-needed transition.
Make the Right Decision for Your Organization
Based on recent primary research that we have done here at JumpCloud®, it’s clear that there’s a renewed focus on protecting users and identities, securing access to all types of resources, and making users’ lives easier. This is possible if you work to create streamlined processes and implement holistic tools that can scale with your organization.
While putting together a plan of action on how you want to deal with the news of OneLogin’s acquisition, one of your goals should be to remove as many of the unknowns as possible. If this means removing OneLogin from your toolset and looking for an alternative, keep an eye out for free trials to test out other software to figure out what’s right for your current and ongoing needs.
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