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We performed a comparison between Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and PingID based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. PingID report (Updated: March 2020).
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"Azure Active Directory has been very useful for our company, it is not difficult to use.""The security features are great. They will report in advance to you in the case of suspicious activity.""It has been very instrumental towards a lot of services we run, especially on the single sign-on side. For example, we have 160 countries that all run their own IT but we still are able to provide users with a single sign-on experience towards global applications. So, they have a certain set of accounts that they get from their local IT department, then they use exactly the same account and credentials to sign into global services. For the user, it has been quite instrumental in that space. It is about efficiency, but also about users not having to remember multiple accounts and passwords since it is all single sign-on. Therefore, the single sign-on experience for us has been the most instrumental for the end user experience.""Azure Active Directory is a very simple utility to use, it has very good visibility and transparency, and an easy-to-use panel.""The scalability is good now, and I find it to be more stable and faster since scaling up to ESX.""It can be used to grant access at a granular level. It provides secure access and many ways to offer security to your user resources. It provides a good level of security for any access on Azure. It gives you options like multi-factor authentication where apart from your password, you can use other factors for authentication, such as a code is sent to your phone or the authenticator app that you can use login.""The initial setup was very straightforward.""As an end-user, the access to shared resources that I get from using this product is very helpful."

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"This is a user-friendly solution.""It's pretty stable as a product."

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"We have a lot of freedom in using the Group Policy Objects and, although Group Policy Objects are part of Azure Active Directory, there are still a lot of things that can be improved, such as providing local admin rights to a user. There are various, easy ways that I can do that in the on-premises version, but in the cloud version, it is a bit difficult. You have to create a bunch of policies to make it work.""Active Directory could always be more secure. Right now, we've got two-factor authentications. All services based on Active Directory have a username and password. If somebody hacked our username, they could easily get all the data from our side. So I want two-factor authentication and a stronger password policy from Active Directory. The domain controllers should be more secure as well.""It doesn't function the same way as an Active Directory inside of an infrastructure, that is, a physical infrastructure. In the cloud, it is all flat. That's one of the disadvantages.""The support could be better. Lately, they sort of dropped off a bit in terms of quality.""There are some features, where if you want to access them, then you need to make use of PowerShell. If someone is not really versed in PowerShell scripting, then they would definitely have issues using some of those features in Azure Active Directory.""Its price should be improved. It is very expensive for Turkish people.""The monitoring dashboard could be a bit better.""There is no documentation about how Microsoft will scale Azure AD for customers. It only mentions that it will scale out if you have a lot of requests but does not mention how in detail."

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"I think that the connection with like Microsoft Word, especially for Office 365, is a weak point that could be improved.""The timing of the token validity, if it could be extended, would be great. I'm not sure if there is even an option to configure these types of settings."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This product is sold as part of the enterprise package and our licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "MFA and P2 licenses for two Azures for fully-enabled scenarios and features cost a lot of money. This is where Okta is trying to get the prices down."
  • "We are a non-profit organization, so we get good prices from Microsoft for their products. It is working well, but it could be cheaper. For the type of organization we are, it would be good if they could give a little bit more and be more generous like Google, which has completely free services. Microsoft has free versions or web services called Office 365 E1, which is free for use, but we want to have it with more qualified clients."
  • "We pay about $35 per user."
  • "I think we're on the E3 — I think it was about 35 dollars per user."
  • "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."
  • "Microsoft has a free version of Azure AD. So, if you don't do a lot of advanced features, then you can use the free version, which is no cost at all because it is underpinning Office 365. Because Microsoft gives it to you as a SaaS, so there are no infrastructure costs whatsoever that you need to incur. If you use the free version, then it is free. If you use the advanced features (that we use), it is a license fee per user."
  • "Make sure that you get the most out of your Office 365 licenses for Azure AD. If you have additional concerns for users who don't have an Office 365 license, consider Azure AD Premium P1 and P2. Be aware that you have to evaluate your license usage beforehand."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has things like conditional access. For example, if someone is accessing sensitive information, then we could force them to do multi-factor authentication. Therefore, we can stop access if it is… more »
    Top Answer:Pricing-wise, they offer a stepladder approach. You can start with the lowest level features, then start increasing based on new requirements.
    Top Answer:Compared to what we can do on-prem, Azure AD lacks a feature for multiple hierarchical groups. For example, Group A is part of group B. Group B is part of group C. Then, if I put someone into group A… more »
    Top Answer:This is a user-friendly solution.
    Top Answer:We don't directly deal with the licenses. It's basically purchased by the central team and we are just consuming it through the common APIs. I really couldn't comment on the pricing at the moment.
    Top Answer:I think that the connection with like Microsoft Word, especially for Office 365, is a weak point that could be improved.
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    Also Known As
    Azure Active Directory
    Ping Identity
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    Overview


    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra, is an enterprise identity service that provides single sign-on, multifactor authentication, and conditional access to guard against 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.

    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity and access management service. This service helps your employees access external resources, such as Microsoft 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory also helps them access internal resources like apps on your corporate intranet network, along with any cloud apps developed for your own organization.

    Azure AD is intended for:

    • IT admins: As an IT admin, use Azure AD to control access to your apps and your app resources, based on your business requirements. For example, you can use Azure AD to require multi-factor authentication when accessing important organizational resources. You can also use Azure AD to automate user provisioning between your existing Windows Server AD and your cloud apps, including Microsoft 365. Finally, Azure AD gives you powerful tools to automatically help protect user identities and credentials and to meet your access governance requirements.
    • App developers: As an app developer, you can use Azure AD as a standards-based approach for adding single sign-on (SSO) to your app, allowing it to work with a user's pre-existing credentials. Azure AD also provides APIs that can help you build personalized app experiences using existing organizational data. 
    • Microsoft 365, Office 365, Azure, or Dynamics CRM Online subscribers: As a subscriber, you're already using Azure AD. Each Microsoft 365, Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics CRM Online tenant is automatically an Azure AD tenant. You can immediately start to manage access to your integrated cloud apps.
    IDENTITY DEFINED SECURITY PLATFORM delivers a unified, standards-based platform that can be deployed as SaaS, software or both and can scale to handle millions of identities. From multi-factor authentication and single sign-on to access security, directory and data governance, our capabilities work together to give employees, partners and customers secure access to cloud, mobile and enterprise applications, securing and streamlined everything from sign-on to sign-off and everywhere in between.
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    Sample Customers
    Azure Active Directory is trusted by companies of all sizes and industries including Walmart, Zscaler, Uniper, Amtrak, monday.com, and more.
    Equinix, Land O'Lakes, CDPHP, Box, International SOS, Opower, VSP, Chevron, Truist, Academy of Art University, Northern Air Cargo, Repsol
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. PingID
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. PingID and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is ranked 1st in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 99 reviews while PingID is ranked 7th in Authentication Systems with 2 reviews. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is rated 8.8, while PingID is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) writes "With multi-factor authentication, we've seen a marked decrease in the number of threats we've seen come through". On the other hand, the top reviewer of PingID writes "Stable, popular with customers, and has a good mobile application". Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, Auth0, Okta Workforce Identity, AWS Directory Service and CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, whereas PingID is most compared with Microsoft Authenticator, SailPoint IdentityIQ, RSA SecurID Access, ForgeRock and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). See our Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. PingID report.

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