Manage App Logons and Authorizations Via the Cloud

Single sign-on for all apps -- both cloud and on-premises -- is a big reason to go this route. But cost and customization, especially for very large organizations, can be sticking points.

By Nancy Gohring
Thu, December 12, 2013

Computerworld — From an IT perspective, Post Holdings, the company behind cereal brands including Fruity Pebbles and Grape-Nuts, recently became a $1 billion, 100-year-old startup.

That's because last year the company was spun off from Ralcorp Holdings and was left, literally, without an IT department. That turned into an opportunity for the newly hired IT team, which was faced with choosing all new applications for 1,300 workers. "We were starting from scratch," says Brian Hofmeister, director of enterprise infrastructure at Post Holdings.

Since the IT team decided to go 100% cloud for all its applications, narrowing down which type of identity and access management tool to use wasn't that hard, he explains. Post turned to Okta, a single sign-on service for cloud apps.

Okta is among a handful of newer companies -- including Ping Identity, OneLogIn and Symplified -- that offer cloud-based products to help IT departments and workers manage authorization and logins for cloud-based apps. They fall into a category known as identity and access management as a service (IDaaS).

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