Software as a Service Finds an Identity


It had to happen sooner or later. In this case, sooner is better. Identity and access management vendors are offering their products as a SaaS solution. Their hope is that they can attract new customers because they can cut costs and complexity. One vendor joining the SaaS ranks is TriCipher. The company's MyOneLogin offers organizations a secure single sign-on, VPN authentication, end-user management, multi-factor authentication, and supported identity federation standards such as SAML, WS-Federation and Active Directory Federation Services.


One advantage to using a pay-as-you-play model is that organizations get to review products and determine real benefits before rolling solutions out on an enterprise-wide basis or adding services. According to a Forrester Research report, identity and access management packaged as SaaS could be 30 percent to 40 percent less expensive than non-SaaS solutions.


One other issue that all organizations have to be concerned about when using a SaaS vendor is the chance that they could go out of business. Organizations have to take care to do their homework to make sure they pick a vendor that's going to be around for a while. In addition, they have to negotiate an exit strategy to take back their data should they change or drop vendors. For organizations that want to implement identity and/or access management, the opportunity to try it before investing a huge amount of money in an enterprise rollout -- and then see significant annual savings if they choose to do so -- the barriers just got lowered.