Gartner Research

Guidance Framework for Selecting Web Single Sign-On Solutions

Published: 24 June 2016

ID: G00305497

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Organizations choosing single sign-on solution(s) as part of an identity and access management project need a list of relevant features to compare products. This document identifies the capabilities to consider when implementing SSO using identity federation or web access management (WAM).

Table Of Contents

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • User Requirements
    • Additional Considerations
  • Part 1: Select Architecture and Deployment Features
  • Part 2: Select User Identity Repository Features
    • The Organization Is Responsible for the User Identity Repository
    • The Organization Accepts Identities From Another Group
  • Part 3: Select Application Support Features
  • Part 4: Select Federation Standard and WAM Support Features
    • Federation Standards
    • STS
    • WAM
  • Step 5: Select Authentication, Adaptive Access, Authorization and Other Features
    • Authentication
    • Adaptive Access
    • Authorization
    • Other Identity Management (Non-Federation, Non-WAM) Features
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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