Gartner Research

Choosing Between Five Cloud and On-Premises SSO Deployment Options

Published: 21 November 2016

ID: G00315515

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


For organizations implementing single sign-on, a foundational IAM architecture decision is whether to use a software solution or a cloud-based SaaS approach. This research helps technical professionals compare the pros and cons of five deployment options, and highlights factors to consider.

Table Of Contents



  • Inherent Characteristics
    • Software Platform and Installation Ease
    • Software Maintenance and Upgrade Ease
    • Staffing Flexibility
    • Security and Data Protection
    • Privacy
    • Jurisdictional Control
    • Elastic Scalability
    • Customizability
    • Architectural Alignment
    • Time to Value
  • Functional Maturity Characteristics
    • Modern Architecture
    • Modern UI
    • SaaS Integration
    • On-Premises Application Integration
    • Configurability
    • Standards Adherence
    • General Maturity of Functionality
    • Availability of WAM
    • License Term Flexibility


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