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By Martin Kuppinger

Single Sign-On and Managed Access to all Applications from the Cloud

With more and more organizations following a “cloud first” strategy, IT infrastructure and security services also must shift to the cloud, where increasingly more of the critical workloads reside. However, the IT of most organizations will remain hybrid for long. Thus, there is a need of comprehensive authentication and single sign-on services, supporting all applications such as SaaS apps, on premises applications, and custom-built applications, delivering a seamless user experience for accessing these. Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) provides a strong foundation for delivering such services, with deep integration to cloud apps while supporting legacy applications and services.

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1 Introduction

Many if not most organizations today are following a “cloud first” strategy, with lifting & shifting existing applications to the cloud, and with ...

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2 Highlights

  • The impact of “cloud first” strategies and a shift to SaaS on IT infrastructure services, specifically IAM and security
  • The user challenge: Consis ...
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3 The Need for Unified Application Access and Single Sign-On

The IT of most organizations will remain hybrid. However, with adding SaaS services, there is an emerging need for unified application access and sing ...

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4 The Hybrid Reality of Businesses: Supporting Legacy from the Cloud

Single sign-on to SaaS services is not sufficient – there are more challenges to solve, such as the integration with legacy IT applications, and fed ...

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5 Beyond Single Sign-On: Provisioning, Identity Management, Security

Adaptive Authentication, federated provisioning, and additional security services are required for comprehensive solutions. The Identity Fabric paradi ...

All this requires a strategic approach for modernizing IAM, well-beyond just providing a solution for single sign-on. KuppingerCole has described this ...

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6 Microsoft Azure Active Directory: Managing & Securing Access to all Apps

Microsoft Azure Active Directory delivers a range of integration options to virtually all types of applications, both SaaS services, legacy and on pre ...

Azure AD also provides direct, standards-based integration to a wide range of SaaS services, as well as forms- and password-based authentication to th ...

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7 Action Plan for Shifting to a General Cloud Service for Hybrid App Access

Providing seamless access for users to all services they need is part of a bigger strategy, based on a “cloud first” strategy, following the parad ...

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