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We performed a comparison between Amazon Cognito and ForgeRock based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"The federation is one of the most efficient features as the pricing is competitive.""This is a scalable solution. If our app or general usage increases, this solution can support it."

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"This is a stable solution. When you do experience any issues, you will see it in your DB logs or audit logs so you can easily reach a conclusion of might be causing it.""Even though we have very small business interests with them today, they see that we plan on growing drastically over the next two years. Therefore, we have excellent support and we are now at a point where we are not calling tech support. We pick up a phone and call the Account Manager and they'll get everything resolved for us. We don't have to queue along with everybody else and go through a long process.""Their access management solution, OpenAM, is most valuable because it meets the needs of a lot of users.""The solution is very scalable. We have a lot of users that have been increasing over the years that we have been using it. We have approximately 20,000 users.""ForgeRock products are customizable, and the out-of-the-box features are solid, too. I primarily use the OIDC compliance features. It's just a configuration. it's easy to set up and customize trees. We can add our own features if necessary. Banks and corporations have different standards and specific validations.""Easy to navigate, handle and manage the applications.""We used it to implement multi-factor authentication and to improve our security posture as well as reducing the potential for attacks.""I like the intelligent authentication feature."

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"In a future release, we would like to have different methods to validate the characteristic of a user. For example, we would like to use biometric data to analyze the behavior of users.""The ease and simplicity of integration could be improved when using this solution. When using Okta, scope is a single endpoint with a parameter as a scope. In the Cognito for each scope, there is a separate endpoint."

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"The solution requires more simplified customization. However, part of the problem is my clients determining their own preferences. Technology can help and do many things, but you have to define your own policies to ensure that the solution or service works within those parameters. Helping customers understand their business and different processes is another issue not relating to the functionality of this solution.""It should be a little bit easier to implement. It is user-friendly, but there is always scope for improvement.""In an upcoming release, the solution could improve by limiting the need to do customizations.""ForgeRock is an open source solution and is available to everyone but it is not freeware. If you need support, you need a subscription for ForgeRock. Many of its functionalities need to be built up with the help of a consultant.""It should have a better user interface. Its flexibility should also be improved. It is not about simplifying; it is more about flexibility. Each company has its own requirements, and ForgeRock can provide more flexibility in terms of the use of existing modules to implement features for the customers.""We're worried about the scaling. We're told it will be okay and there won't be issues, however, I'm not 100% convinced.""The technical team could be better.""Lacks simplified documentation within the tool that requires use of a separate portal."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing of this solution is good compared to other solutions on the market."
  • "We pay $600 monthly per user for licences and there are no other additional costs."
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  • "We have multiple clients we are looking at right now. We are at a very small number, however, the idea and the goal is to grow. We are looking at about $100,000 and $50,000 a minimum a month cost. That'd be minimum maybe in a couple of years."
  • "Its price is comparable to other products in the market."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis, but it also depends on the contract that you have with the vendor. They have multiple types of contracts. There are additional costs to the standard licensing fees. If you need some of the features, you have to pay more."
  • "The license is purchased annually per user. However, you can negotiate if you are signing for a longer period of time. When comparing this solution to others on the market it is priced fair, it is not at the top of the price range or at the bottom end."
  • "The pricing of the solution is fair but I do not have the full details."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The federation is one of the most efficient features as the pricing is competitive.
    Top Answer:The pricing of this solution is good compared to other solutions on the market.
    Top Answer:The ease and simplicity of integration could be improved when using this solution. When using Okta, scope is a single endpoint with a parameter as a scope. In the Cognito for each scope, there is a… more »
    Top Answer:ForgeRock is an open-source tool. You can download it directly via the browser. It's only when you want to use their extensive features, you might have to think about the pricing. ForgeRock is booming… more »
    Top Answer:ForgeRock is basically an IAM tool and we use it for access to multiple resources or applications. It's basically an identity and access management tool. We are business partners with ForgeRock and… more »
    Top Answer:We initially used ForgeRock as a trial tool to test whether we could achieve all of our requirements. It was a good strategy for us. I rate the solution eight out of 10.
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    Also Known As
    ForgeRock Identity Platform, ForgeRock OpenIDM
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    Overview

    Amazon Cognito is a simple user identity and data synchronization service that helps you securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline. With Amazon Cognito, you can save any kind of data in the AWS Cloud, such as app preferences or game state, without writing any backend code or managing any infrastructure. This means you can focus on creating great app experiences instead of having to worry about building and managing a backend solution to handle identity management, network state, storage, and sync.

    ForgeRock is a comprehensive open-source identity and access management solution designed to meet the unique needs of your users and workforce. With ForgeRock you can orchestrate, manage, and secure the complete lifecycle of identities in any cloud or hybrid environment. ForgeRock allows you to set up bot detection, identity proofing, and risk-based authentication.

    With ForgeRock, you can define access policies and automate the management of the identity lifecycle all from a central, easy to use, and graphical dashboard. ForgeRock Access Management allows you to build safe authentication using options like passwordless and usernameless logins, single sign-on, biometrics, contextual analytics, and behavioral authentication. When threats appear, you can swiftly change how your users access your most sensitive applications and provide users with secure access to the applications, systems, and resources they need on demand.

    ForgeRock Benefits and Key Features

    • Elevate your security and efficiency: Consolidating your legacy systems under one single platform provides reliable, unified control over all your user identities and access-related policies. ForgeRock Access Management also supports scaling existing policies for application onto new setups.

    • Passwordless authentication: Implementing passwordless authentication is simple with ForgeRock Access Management. You can easily replace user-selected passwords with other options, such as easy multi-factor authentication, biometrics, and SSO.

    • Identity governance: ForgeRock Identity Governance is a modern, AI-driven identity governance solution. By leveraging ForgeRock generated analysis reports, you can identify and apply appropriate user access, automate high-confidence access approvals, recommend certification for low-risk accounts, and review high-risk and inappropriate user access privileges. In addition, you can grant and enforce access to systems, applications, and infrastructure according to established policies.

    Reviews from Real Users

    ForgeRock stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust identity and access tools and its being easy to manage and scale with one central dashboard.

    PeerSpot users note the effectiveness of these features. A technology solutions leader at an outsourcing company writes, “We need it for multiple clients, multiple implementations. Not all of them are necessarily a multi-tenant solution. We need a very versatile solution that can do a lot of work, but from a single instance that we can centralize authentications and we don't duplicate the efforts and that's where ForgeRock seems to do better.”

    Mohamed B., a cyber security consultant at a tech company, writes, "Their access management solution, OpenAM, is most valuable because it meets the needs of a lot of users. ForgeRock secured our system so that it is accessed only by authorized people, and it implemented the SSO."

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    Sample Customers
    Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
    Geico, Thomson Reuters, Salesforce, McKesson, Trinet, SKY, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Capgemini, North Western University
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Media Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Media Company13%
    Legal Firm13%
    Outsourcing Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Amazon Cognito is ranked 14th in Access Management with 2 reviews while ForgeRock is ranked 3rd in Access Management with 12 reviews. Amazon Cognito is rated 8.0, while ForgeRock is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon Cognito writes "Data synchronization solution used to integrate with financial services and external partners that is easy to setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of ForgeRock writes "Good for multi-client setups and easy to implement but the scalability seems uncertain". Amazon Cognito is most compared with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Auth0, Okta Workforce Identity, WSO2 Identity Server and F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), whereas ForgeRock is most compared with SailPoint IdentityIQ, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Auth0, Okta Workforce Identity and Oracle Access Manager.

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