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Updated on Sep 29, 2022

We performed a comparison between Azure Active Directory and SailPoint IdentityIQ based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Azure Active Directory users say that its initial setup is straightforward. Some SailPoint IdentityIQ users say that the setup can be complex and requires technical expertise.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    Azure Active Directory users like its passwordless technology and multi-factor authentication and say it is secure and very reliable but that its conditional access rules are a little limiting.

    SailPoint IdentityIQ reviewers say it is very good at the management of the identity lifecycle and provides a lot of out-of-the-box functionalities. Several users mention that the solution’s interface and reporting capabilities need to improve.
  • Pricing: Azure Active Directory reviewers say its price is fair. It also has a free version. In contrast, most SailPoint IdentityIQ users feel that it is an expensive solution.

  • ROI: Azure Active Directory users report a satisfactory ROI. SailPoint IdentityIQ reviewers do not mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Azure Active Directory is the clear winner in this comparison. It is a feature-rich and powerful solution with an impressive ROI. It also received higher marks in the Deployment and Pricing categories.

To learn more, read our detailed Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"For me, the best feature of Omada Identity is its web interface because it's really easy for users to understand.""It has a lot of out-of-the-box features. It is flexible, and there are a lot of possibilities to configure and extend it. It is user-friendly. It has an interface that is end-user or business-user friendly.""The identity lifecycle support is definitely valuable because we are a complex organization, and there is a lot of onboarding, movement, and offboarding in our organization. We have 31,000 users, and there are a lot of users who are constantly onboarding, offboarding, and moving. So, we need to make sure that these activities are supported. In old times, we used to do everything manually. Everyone was onboarded, offboarded, or moved manually. So, from a business point of view and an economics point of view, identity lifecycle is most valuable. From a security point of view, access review is the most important feature for us.""Our customers have benefited from Omada Identity automating the certification process. Most of our customers were using manual methods for user access certification. With Omada Identity, you can automate almost all of it, which means that certification now becomes on demand. You don't have to wait for two or three months to execute a certification timeframe. Instead, you can do certifications as often as you want.""The best feature in Omada Identity is that it enables us to implement standardized employee life cycle processes so that we don't have to create them ourselves. We can then use the standard workflows. The breadth and scope of the solution’s IGA features also fulfill our requirements.""When we started with identity and access management, we cleaned up and skipped 500 accounts. Therefore, there are a lot of people who are still in our system. Using this tool, we have cleaned up a lot of accounts for ourselves as well as our partners and suppliers. So, we can manage everything now.""The most valuable functionality of the solution for us is that when employees stop working for the municipality, they are automatically disabled in Active Directory. Omada controls that 100 percent. They are disabled for 30 days, and after that time Omada deletes the Active Directory account. The same type of thing happens when we employ a new person. Their information is automatically imported to Omada and they are equipped with the roles and rights so they can do their jobs.""User-friendly solution."

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"We use BitLocker for policy enforcement. And now, because of the Microsoft 365 Business Premium package, we get Intune as a part of it. That's very useful for us for setting policies and managing the systems. The biggest strength of Azure AD is Intune.""Application integration is easy. MFA and password self-service have reduced most of the supportive work of IT. We use multi-factor authentication. Every access from a user is through multi-factor authentication. There is no legacy authentication. We have blocked legacy authentication methods. For people who use the MDM on mobile, we push our application through Intune. In a hybrid environment, users can work from anywhere. With Intune, we can push policies and secure the data.""Azure AD allowed us to get rid of servers and other hardware running at our offices. We moved everything to the cloud. Once we set up roles and permissions, it's only a matter of adding people and removing people from different groups and letting permissions flow through.""Azure Active Directory features have helped improve our security posture. The remote working has been a massive help during the pandemic.""Many of its features are valuable, including: facilitating application authentication, privileged access management, processes for attestation, and access reviews.""The solution has a variety of tools. Two of the most valuable features are the ability to create users and to replicate the user account from on-premise to the cloud.""The scalability is quite good.""The most valuable features of this solution are definitely the authorization and authentication, and the rule-based user validation."

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"I like IdentityIQ's granular attachment management and certification customization features.""This solution is great for providing control access across your environment.""IdentityIQ's best features are the hassle-free user experience and security.""It offers a single source of truth. Everything can be handled from one tier.""A feature of SailPoint IdentityIQ that I like best is that it has good integration with other platforms. My company is using ADP here in Brazil, and SailPoint IdentityIQ works very, very well with it. My company is also using the solution for governance evaluation, segregation, and other access tests. For my company, SailPoint IdentityIQ is a very important solution, especially because it's automated, and there's a huge audit and risk issue here in Brazil.""Deployment takes a bit of time, however, once it's done properly, everything becomes very organized and easy to use.""The most valuable feature for our customers and for us is the identity data warehouse.""The basic concept is most valuable. I like how they have designed the solution. They create an Identity Cube, and then they do all the processes and configuration around the Identity Cube."

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Cons
"Omada Identity has two main issues that need to be solved or improved the most. One is its setup or installation process because it's complex and cumbersome. I'm talking about the process for on-premises deployment because I've never tried the cloud version of Omada Identity. Setting up the cloud version should be much easier. The second area for improvement in Omada Identity is that it's piggybacking on Microsoft's complex way of having all kinds of add-ons, extensions, or setups, whether small or large, such as the new SQL Server, and it's cumbersome to make sure that everything works. Omada Identity is a complex solution and could still be improved.""If you find an error and you need it fixed, you have to upgrade. It's not like they say, "Okay, we'll fix this problem for you." You have to upgrade. The last time we upgraded, because there was an error in a previous version, we had to pay 150,000 Danish Krone (about $24,000 at the time of this review) to upgrade our systems... That means that we have to pay to get errors fixed that Omada has made in programming the system. I hope they change this way of looking at things.""Functionality and usability could be improved.""The security permission inside Omada needs improvement. It's tricky to set up.""We are trying to use Omada's standards and to adapt our processes. But we have had some trouble with the bad documentation. This is something that they could improve on. It has not been possible for us to analyze some of the problems so far, based on the documentation. We always need consultants. The documentation should include some implementation hints and some guidelines for implementing the processes.""I would like to search on date fields, which is not possible now.""What I would most like to see added to the product is role management, especially enterprise or business role management, and the processes around that.""One thing that we are not so happy about is the user interface. It is a bit dated. I know that they are working on that, but the user interface is quite dated. Currently, it is a little bit difficult to customize the user interface to the need of the business, which is a little bit disappointing. It needs it to be a little bit easier to operate, and it should have a better user interface."

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"Azure Active Directory could improve by having an authentication service for laptops or desktop computers running Mac and Linux operating systems. They currently have authentication capabilities for Microsoft Windows. Having this capability would benefit people because in today's world everybody is working from the home environment.""Azure Active Directory could be made easier to use. We have large amounts of data and storage. We are looking for video files and media content for applications, we will think about options, such as cloud storage or a CDN.""The ability to manage and authenticate against on-premises solutions would be beneficial.""The initial setup was complex.""The product needs to be more user-friendly.""Better deployment management and visibility functionality would be helpful.""There is a concept of cross-tenant trust relationships, which I believe Microsoft is actively pursuing. That is something which in the coming days and years to come by will be very key to the success of Azure Active Directory, because many organizations are going into mergers and acquisitions or spinning off new companies. They will still have to access the old tenant information because of multiple legal reasons, compliance reasons, and all those things. So, there should be some level of tenant-level trust functionality, where you can bring people from other tenants to access some part of your tenant application. So, that is an area which is growing. I believe Microsoft is actively pursuing this, and it will be an interesting piece.""Sometimes, what one customer may like, another may not like it. We have had customers asking, "Why is Microsoft forcing us to do this?" For example, when you use Exchange Server on-premise, then you can customize it for your company and these customizations are unlimited. However, if you use Exchange Online or with Microsoft 365, then your ability to make modifications is limited. So, only the cloud versus is limited."

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"The solution, in general, is quite expensive.""When it comes to queries and analysis, I find the reporting module to be very low, very simple.""The mover process for this solution could be improved.""Compared to at least one other product some of the administrative tasks could be easier or more intuitive.""The cost can be prohibitive for middle-tier companies.""The UI of the solution could be more customizable so we could change the workflows to suit our needs.""The cost of this solution is high. The technical assistance center could be improved. They're very good, but considering the intricacies of the solution, they can further improve.""What it doesn't do is provide notice in the event of a vulnerability or offense from the security."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The initial total cost of ownership to implement Omada Identity is not small. The TCO for the implementation is as high as any other solution. However, the cost of maintaining the solution is at par or lower than competitors, including adding more features or maintaining the system after the initial deployment or installation to make sure that they are available for users to use or extending the functionalities of those activities. Those maintenance costs are lower than other vendors, but the initial cost of getting the system installed is still high."
  • "It is licensed per managed user per year."
  • "There were a lot of administrator, partner, and supplier accounts for people who were no longer working for us but still in the system. So, we reduced the number of users no longer with the company, which saved us some money on licensing."
  • "It's a fair price for the on-premises system. Compared with what we had before, it's much cheaper and we get all the modules in one. We tried to go with the cloud, but it was far too expensive."
  • "From an on-prem point of view, the cost is quite transparent and reasonable. The direct cost is primarily for licenses and maintenance on licenses."
  • "My client deals directly with the Omada Identity team in terms of licensing. I never look at pricing, so I'm not aware of how much the solution costs, but it's worth the money. Often, when you begin to use Omada Identity and it takes a while to set up, it'll be irreversible, and you'd depend on and focus more on the functionality of the solution, rather than its price tag."
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  • "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."
  • "If you have a different IDP today, I would take a close look at what your licensing looks like, then reevaluate the licensing that you have with Microsoft 365, and see if you're covered for some of this other stuff. Folks sometimes don't realize that, "Oh, I'm licensed for that service in Azure." This becomes one of those situations where you have the "aha" moment, "Oh, I didn't know we can do that. Alright, let's go down this road." Then, they start to have conversations with Microsoft to see what they can gain. I would recommend that they work closely with their TAM, just to make sure that they are getting the right level of service. They may just not be aware of what is available to them."
  • "If you are dealing with one supplier with an out-of-the-box solution, which provides you end-to-end capabilities, then it is naturally cheaper and less of a headache to manage and operate."
  • "Be sure: You know your userbase, e.g., how many users you have. You choose the right license and model that suit your business requirements."
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  • "Its price is okay. It provides good value for money. It is subscription-based. You can go for a one-year or three-year subscription."
  • "The price of the solution could improve, it is not priced well for smaller businesses to afford."
  • "It is a costly solution. Its cost, for sure, should be reduced."
  • "You do pay one price for the license but that price depends on what you choose to include as far as the optional modules go."
  • "Usually, the cost of deploying about 5,000 licenses or 5,000 users, would be the equivalent to the cost of the license, which would be reaching up to around $90,000."
  • "You are able to get discounts if you plan to use the tool for the long-term i.e. discounts for 5+ years of usage."
  • "In terms of pricing, SailPoint IdentityIQ is affordable. It's not cheap, and it's not expensive, so the solution is in the middle, price-wise. It also didn't have additional costs, even if my company had different teams that took care of auditing and provisioning and projects that used SailPoint IdentityIQ."
  • "This is an expensive solution. I would rate it a two and a half out of five for pricing."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:For me, the best feature of Omada Identity is its web interface because it's really easy for users to understand.
    Top Answer:My client deals directly with the Omada Identity team in terms of licensing. I never look at pricing, so I'm not aware… more »
    Top Answer:Omada Identity has two main issues that need to be solved or improved the most. One is its setup or installation process… more »
    Top Answer:It has given us the ability to be able to establish single sign-on identities in which we can establish credentials no… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is good and not complex. Any organization, middle or small, can easily adopt it. Microsoft is very flexible… more »
    Top Answer:I want to see new functionalities for the active directory. I would like to be able to establish that when you log into… more »
    Top Answer:We evaluated Sailpoint IdentityIQ before ultimately choosing CyberArk. Sailpoint Identity Platform is a solution to… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing costs are high and since we're not an official partner, we're unable to offer any discounts to our customers… more »
    Top Answer:The only issue I have with the product is that there are modules that need to be bought separately, and that makes the… more »
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    Overview

    Omada Identity delivers an end-to-end identity and access management solution with essential identity governance functionality for secure, compliant, and efficient administration of all users' access rights across on-premises or cloud-based systems. The solution provides configurable best practice processes that covers all identity and access related scenarios from providing an access risk overview, management of identities lifecycle, to automated enforcement of policies.


    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.

    SailPoint is the leader in identity security for the cloud enterprise. We’re committed to protecting businesses from the inherent risk that comes with providing technology access across today’s diverse and remote workforce. Our identity security solutions secure and enable thousands of companies worldwide, giving our customers unmatched visibility into the entirety of their digital workforce, and ensuring that each worker has the right access to do their job, no more, no less. With SailPoint at the foundation of their business, our customers can provision access with confidence, protect business assets at scale and ensure compliance with certainty.

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    Bayer, ECCO Shoes, Vattenfall, NuStar Energy, Unicredit, Schiphol Group
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    Government40%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Insurance Company13%
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    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
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    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
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    Small Business31%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business30%
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    Small Business16%
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    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ
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    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is ranked 1st in Identity Management (IM) with 100 reviews while SailPoint IdentityIQ is ranked 2nd in Identity Management (IM) with 20 reviews. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is rated 8.8, while SailPoint IdentityIQ is rated 8.6. 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 SailPoint IdentityIQ writes "End-to-end Identity Management and Access Governance solution that shows why its a Market leader". Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, Auth0, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Okta Workforce Identity and Amazon Cognito, whereas SailPoint IdentityIQ is most compared with Okta Workforce Identity, Saviynt, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Microsoft Identity Manager and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). See our Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ report.

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