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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

SaaS tools step up to fill identity management void

Aside from pricey legacy identity and access management vendors like Oracle, Novell and CA, a new breed of SaaS products has popped up in recent years to help organizations better integrate mobile endpoints and SaaS apps into their environments through single sign-on. This movement is turning "a once-boring enterprise niche into something sexy," said Gregg Kreizman, an identity access management analyst at Gartner, Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based research firm. As is often the case with enterprise technology, both types of identity management vendors -- which exist to serve distinct market needs -- have started offering similar feature sets as one another to provide customers a full range of governance, provisioning and de-provisioning, group policy, and single sign-on access. The goal of many of these newer identity vendors is to integrate with Active Directory in the short term and help companies transition off it over the long-term by offering AD-like functionality within the feature set, said Thomas Pedersen, cofounder of ...

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