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The cost of SSO?

A friend of mine recently posted this interesting article on adding Single Sign On for various vendor products (thank you Charles) and I wanted to share, primarily because it gives an insight into the ways that some vendors are gouging their customers for functionality that has a negligible cost for the vendor and in some cases is probably a net benefit to the vendor.

The benefit being that having a third party provider responsible for authentication reduces the risk for the vendor if they are breached, but also a reduction in reliance on a directory system/server.

SaaS vendors appear not to have received this message, however. SSO is often only available as part of “Enterprise” pricing, which assumes either a huge number of users (minimum seat count) or is force-bundled with other “Enterprise” features which may have no value to the company using the software.

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