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Three Ways to Integrate Active Directory with Your SaaS Applications
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"Three Ways to Integrate Active Directory with Your SaaS Applications"

This paper will discuss three different options for integrating Active Directory with your SaaS applications and analyze their effectiveness.

As organizations adopt more SaaS/Cloud apps like, Google Apps, WebEx, Concur or NetSuite, managing users' identity and access across each app's siloed user directory becomes increasingly challenging. Provisioning and deprovisioning users is a time-intensive manual process that involves administrators across multiple departments, leaving organizations open to risk if a fired employee's access isn't revoked right away. Further, while anytime/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.

Integrating Active Directory (AD) with SaaS/Cloud applications is key to the solution, but AD does not natively plug into them. This paper will discuss the following three different options for extending AD to SaaS/Cloud apps:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
  • Writing to target SaaS/Cloud application APIs
  • Adopting 3rd party identity management services built for the cloud

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