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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