Best Single Sign On (SSO) Software

SSO, or single sign-on software is an authentication tool that allows users to sign into multiple applications or databases with a single set of credentials. Federation is the linking of IT systems, organizations, and personal identities with credentials and repositories. SSO products serve to simplify identification processes and create an uninhibited feel when working to access applications, portals, and servers. The software is designed to allow users to access multiple applications or data sets without requiring multiple logins. The goal of SSO products is not only to improve ease of use while navigating across applications, but also to minimize work for IT administrators and developers by centralizing access management. SSO products effectively join the desired applications and route logins through an SSO server. These products often include features such as dashboards for simplified navigation, application clouds, directory integration, and mobile applications for remote access. There is some crossover between SSO software and software categories such as Cloud Identity and Access Management, Password Managers and User Provisioning/Governance categories, but single sign on products focus mainly on secure enterprise access to servers, applications, and databases rather than the management of data or passwords.

To qualify for inclusion in the SSO, or single sign on, category a product must:

  • Allow users access to multiple applications or databases through one portal
  • Automate authentication to prevent multiple logins
  • Centralize authentication servers across applications
  • Provide secure access to applications and data
  • Integrate login access to business applications

Single Sign On (SSO) Software Grid® Overview

The best Single Sign On (SSO) Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Okta, OneLogin, Microsoft Azure Active Directory, and Salesforce Platform: Authenticator
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: miniOrange Single Sign-On
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Oracle SSO and CA Single Sign-On
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: AuthAnvil
G2 Crowd Grid® for Single Sign On (SSO)
High Performers
Oracle sso
Ca single sign on
Microsoft azure active directory
Miniorange single sign on
Salesforce platform authenticator
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