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"The most valuable features of this solution are security, the conditional access feature, and multifactor authentication.""Multi-factor authentication really secures our environments and gives us the flexibility to use location-based policies. Azure AD also gives us a lot of flexibility in our scope of integration.""The ability to grant access to other organizations is helpful.""Azure Active Directory features have helped improve our security posture. The remote working has been a massive help during the pandemic.""Single sign-on provides flexibility and helps because users don't want to remember so many passwords when logging in. It's a major feature. Once you log in, you have access to all the applications. It also enables us to provide backend access controls to our users, especially when it comes to groups, as we are trying to normalize things.""It enhanced our end user experience quite a bit. Instead of the days of having to contact the service desk with challenges for choosing their password, users can go in and do it themselves locally, regardless of where they are in the world. This has certainly made it a better experience accessing their applications. Previously, a lot of times, they had to remember multiple usernames and passwords for different systems. This solution brings it all together, using a single sign-on experience.""It's a quite comprehensive solution and it scales quite well within our required scale as well, which is very useful.""For some applications, it's not only working for authentication but it's also being used to apply roles for users. From the management perspective, it's much better to have this because in the past we constantly needed to go into the console of the different solutions and create or delete users or modify their roles and permissions. Now, with Azure Active Directory, we can do that from a single point. That makes our management model much easier."

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"Its simplicity and its integration with various vendor-agnostic platforms are the most valuable features.""The product requires very little maintenance.""The solution so far has been very stable.""It's easy to use and straightforward.""The support for YubiKey is really good because you don't actually have to type in your username and password.""The ease of deployment, ease of use, and speed of delivery is what I like about Okta Workforce Identity. It is very easy to use. For a lot of software, you need to be trained extensively and have a very technical background. Okta Workforce Identity is quite simple. You can integrate any software into Okta. They've got a network of 7,000 applications that easily integrate into it.""Enabled MFA to access federated applications as well as increased user satisfaction through improved provisioning times and more reliable processes.""Having a single sign-on to all our applications."

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"Other than it provides us with remote access, so it's fairly easy to install, fairly easy to set up, and provides us the ability to get into our corporate environment."

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Cons
"Generally, everything works pretty well, but sometimes, Azure Active Directory has outages on the Microsoft side of things. These outages really have a very big impact on the users, applications, and everything else because they are closely tied to the Azure AD ecosystem. So, whenever there is an outage, it is really difficult because all things start failing. This happens very rarely, but when it happens, there is a big impact.""My only pain point in this solution is creating group membership for devices.""The conditional access rules are a little limiting. There's greater scope for the variety of rules and conditions you could put in that rules around a more factual authentication for other users. If you have an Azure AD setup, you can then connect to other people's Azure AD, but you don't have a huge amount of control in terms of what you can do. Greater control over guest users and guest access would be better. It's pretty good as it is but that could be improved.""The support for identification to the application environment could be improved, e.g., Active Directory Federation Services should be implemented in other applications. They need something like software development kits (SDKs) for integration with our own applications, which is not so easy to implement. We would also like synchronization of identities between identities in applications like Azure.""It would be awesome to have a feature where you can see the permissions of a user in all their Azure subscriptions. Right now, you have to select a user, then you have to select the subscription to see which permissions the user has in their selected subscriptions. Sometimes, you just want to know, "Does that user have any permissions in any subscriptions?" That would be awesome if that would be available via the portal.""Azure Active Directory could benefit by adding the capability for identity life cycle for the on-premise solution. For example, an HR solution, which is built on-premise or, in general, better on-premise capable solutions.""If Microsoft can give us a way to see where this product is running, from a backend perspective, then it would be great.""The Cloud Provisioning Agent cannot provision a lot of the information that AD Connect does. For starters, the lightweight version cannot synchronize device information. If you have computers on-premises, the information about them will not be synchronized by the Cloud Provisioning Agent. In addition, if you have a user on the cloud and he changes his password, that information should be written back to the on-premises instance. But that workflow cannot be done with the lightweight agent. It can only be done with the more robust version."

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"The lifecycle management part can be improved. It should also have identity governance and the ability to choose a specific factor authentication at the application level. Its licensing and pricing can also be improved.""It can have more API integrations.""The guest user access could be improved.""SSO and MFA for improved end-user experience, and protection against password spray attacks, account password self-service.""You can't hide the device when you're checking logs.""There are some issues with the interface that can be improved.""It would be pricing, which is a tough one because it goes against Microsoft. A lot of companies say they're a Microsoft partner, and they get all their software for free. Okta is like a luxury product, and it's not the most affordable one. I would say if they could work on pricing, it would help. Other than that, they've done great strides in developing a product that is really good. The companies that do see the value tend to invest in it.""The solution can be quite expensive."

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"It gets out of sync with Active Directory or whatever it might be, whatever the authentication piece is on Active Directory, and they just reset it on the backend. I never have to contact the vendor."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"If you are dealing with one supplier with an out-of-the-box solution, which provides you end-to-end capabilities, then it is naturally cheaper and less of a headache to manage and operate.""Azure Active Directory is more expensive than Google, but the capabilities they provide are superior.""We got a good deal. If you get rid of all the products providing features that Azure Suite can provide, then it makes sense cost-wise.""Previously, only building and global administrators could purchase subscriptions or licenses. Mid-last year, Microsoft made it so users can purchase the license online. Microsoft business subscription is for 200 to 300 users. If you have more than 300 users, you can't purchase the business plan. You have to purchase the enterprise plan. The enterprise plan is for 301 users and above. Pay as you go is also available. If you pay as you go in Azure, you will be billed for whatever you use.""We have an agreement with Microsoft, and my company pays yearly.""There are four different levels of subscription including the free level, one that includes the Office 365 applications, the Premium 1 (P1) level, and the Premium 2 (P2) level.""The price of the solution was reasonable.""The P1 version costs $6 per user per month."

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"The price of this product could be lower.""It is costly for large companies.""License is around US$20,000 annually.""I believe it competes well. The pricing is pretty competitive. I know that Microsoft also provides something similar with its MFA and identity services.""It could be a bit too pricey for small companies. Okta Workforce Identity can add a lot of benefits, but smaller companies may not have a lot of applications that need to be managed by Okta Workforce Identity. In larger organizations, there are more departments, applications, and users to manage. Okta Workforce Identity adds a bit more value to those bigger organizations. In addition to standard licensing fees, there are also additional costs for things""It has a yearly subscription. As compared to its competitors, it is quite expensive. It also has a complex licensing model."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: All of the features are amazing, such as identity governance and privileged identity management.
Top Answer: It can be a bit expensive for organizations, but they do have different pricing models. Their free tier can be used on a… more »
Top Answer: Azure Active Directory could benefit by adding the capability for identity life cycle for the on-premise solution. For… more »
Top Answer: The solution so far has been very stable.
Top Answer: We pay for the solution on a yearly basis. We recognize it as quite expensive. We were using a standard license during… more »
Top Answer: Okta can consider to become also a password vaulting manager. We also didn't find an option to setup access to web… more »
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Overview

The Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) enterprise identity service provides single sign-on and multi-factor authentication to help protect your users from 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks. With Azure Active Directory, you get:

- Single sign-on enabling access to your apps from anywhere

- Conditional Access and multi-factor authentication to help protect and govern access

- A single identity platform to engage with internal and external users more securely

- Developer tools to easily integrate identity into your apps and services 

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Okta is an enterprise grade identity management service, built from the ground up in the cloud and delivered with an unwavering focus on customer success. With Okta, IT can manage access across any application, person or device. Whether the people are employees, partners or customers or the applications are in the cloud, on-premises or on a mobile device, Okta helps IT become more secure, make people more productive, and maintain compliance. Okta is an on-demand identity and access management service for web based applications, both in the cloud and behind the firewall.

Symantec VIP Access Manager is the next generation control platform that integrates Single Sign-On (SSO) with strong authentication, access control, and user management. It offers users and administrators control, convenience, and compliance for public and private cloud- based applications. Symantec VIP Access Manager solves cloud security problems using identity and/or context-based access control across multiple cloud applications. In the cloud, where a traditional enterprise perimeter doesn't exist, this solution fills the gap. Through Symantec VIP Access Manager, administrators can define policies that utilize the built-in user directory or existing identity management infrastructure to enforce security and compliance for applications without getting in the way of productivity. Symantec VIP Access Manager can also protect and consolidate access management for on-premise web applications. It also simplifies compliance auditing for cloud applications by consolidating logs across all applications it protects.

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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm18%
Computer Software Company14%
Manufacturing Company12%
Insurance Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company23%
Healthcare Company15%
Computer Software Company15%
Comms Service Provider15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider17%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise55%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise72%
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise64%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Large Enterprise67%
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Okta Workforce Identity is ranked 2nd in Access Management with 15 reviews while Symantec VIP Access Manager is ranked 11th in Access Management with 1 review. Okta Workforce Identity is rated 8.6, while Symantec VIP Access Manager is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Okta Workforce Identity writes "Good product with ease of deployment, ease of use, speed of delivery, and easy integration with other software". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec VIP Access Manager writes "It's fairly easy to install, fairly easy to set up, and provides us the ability to get into our corporate environment". Okta Workforce Identity is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, SailPoint IdentityIQ, Auth0, OneLogin Workforce Identity and Zscaler Private Access, whereas Symantec VIP Access Manager is most compared with Microsoft Authenticator, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Duo Security, Yubico YubiKey and Symantec Siteminder.

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