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How to Make the Right Identity and Access Choices for Google Apps and Office 365

Published: 16 March 2016

ID: G00296281

Analyst(s): Gregg Kreizman , Felix Gaehtgens


The cloud office platforms, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Work provide some IAM capabilities to support managing identities and to allow integration with an organization's IAM services. IAM leaders should be aware that other solutions will likely be needed for broader application support.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use Cloud Office Platforms' Inherent IAM Features as Required to Operate the Apps and If These Applications Are the Only Ones in Scope for Your IAM Needs
  • Extend Your Current IAM Implementation to Support Cloud Office If IAM Is Viewed as a Core Function for Your Organization, Current Products Are Meeting Your Needs, and Staffing and Cost Considerations Indicate
  • Use IDaaS to Support Cloud Office IAM Needs When Maintaining Internal Staff for IAM Software Is Problematic, When IAM Is Not Viewed as Core to Your Business, or When Using IDaaS to Bridge Existing IAM Implementations to Support New Applications Offers Shorter Time to Value

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