In prior posts, we’ve highlighted the many benefits of single sign-on capabilities, particularly for companies that are embracing cloud-based solutions. But for years, countless businesses have been leveraging Microsoft’s Active Directory to centralize and standardize user access to networks and other distributed resources. In fact, studies show that Active Directory is the solution of choice at 93% of Fortune 1000 companies.
As these organizations continue to implement and integrate SaaS systems, they want to do so in a way that does not force them to abandon their existing technology investments, or to completely re-engineer their environments.
That’s why integrating Active Directory with a SaaS-based authentication system is so important. This approach greatly benefits the IT organization, who can not only simplify directory integration without the need for extensive custom-coding, they can significantly improve security by eliminating the risks associated with manually tying Active Directory together with the various authentication mechanisms of each individual software environment.
Active Directory integration also provides significant advantages to end users, who will no longer need to manage multiple user IDs and passwords to access Web software applications. This, in turn, increases convenience and efficiency, while improving access and boosting user adoption.