Gartner Research

Solution Path: Providing Single Sign-On Access to Cloud Applications

Published: 25 November 2014

ID: G00268294

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Single sign-on to SaaS applications is the most common use case for enterprise federation. This Solution Path provides IT organizations with a road map for implementing outbound SSO to cloud applications to delight users and increase security.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Step 1.0: Review Authentication and Federation Essentials
  • Step 2.0: Identify New Requirements, Assess Current Capabilities, and Perform Gap Analysis
  • Step 3.0: Design an Initial Federation Architecture to Support SSO to SaaS
  • Step 4.0: Determine the Levels of Authentication That Are Required for SSO
  • Step 5.0: Assess Other Requirements
    • Step 5.1: Mobile Devices and Application Development
    • Step 5.2: Cloud and Hybrid Infrastructure (SaaS and IDaaS)
  • Step 6.0: Refine the Architecture, and Iterate as Needed (Optional)
  • Step 7.0: Determine How to Fill Gaps: Identify Required Features, and Create a Vendor Shortlist

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