Choosing Between DIY SSO Solutions and Third-Party Services
Software-enabled alternatives are increasingly replacing analog business processes and systems, and most companies today rely on software to some degree. When you add the proliferation of integration-friendly software as a service (SaaS) solutions to this development, it’s easy to see why the average organization uses more than 200 applications. Even if one user’s workflow requires access to just 20 of these applications, logging in before accessing each app can be a real hassle.
Single sign-on (SSO) is an effective way to streamline the login process. It enables users to gain seamless access to multiple affiliated applications or services when they sign in using one of these applications. An identity provider (IdP) authenticates the user and issues a session token to validate them when they go on to use other applications.
SSO has become an essential feature for organizations of all descriptions. It carries many potential benefits in terms of both security and convenience. However, it is not easy to create an SSO implementation, which involves acquiring tools to manage connections and building an infrastructure to run the system. And while building your own SSO solution in-house gives you flexibility and customizability, the challenges accompanying a DIY approach will leave you wondering: Should you build your own SSO solution using disparate tools or invest in a third-party service-based solution?