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Three Ways to Integrate Active Directory with Your SaaS Applications

Published By: Okta
Okta
Published:  Oct 18, 2010
Length:  8 pages

This paper will discuss three different options for integrating Active Directory with your SaaS
applications and analyze how effectively they meet the requirements above.

The adoption rate of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications has been dramatic. Trials of
applications like Salesforce.com, WebEx, or NetSuite have transitioned into enterprise-wide
deployments, and many organizations have adopted a “SaaS first” policy. In fact, Goldman
Sachs research from February 2010 indicates that 58 percent of businesses in the small and
midsize business (SMB) segment always consider a SaaS option and 39 percent prefer it if
available.

SaaS adoption is not without its challenges. Managing user access and authorization across
these siloed SaaS applications has become an increasing challenge. Onboarding users is a time-intensive manual process that involves administrators across multiple departments, leaving
organizations open to risk. For example, a fired employee’s access is often not revoked right
away. Further, while anytime and anywhere access can be a boon to productivity, it also poses
adoption and security challenges. IT departments must find a way to harness the benefits of
SaaS, while minimizing business risk.



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