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"Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has improved our customers' security posture. Multi-factor authentication has two layers of authentication, which helps in case you input your credentials into a phishing website and then it has access to your credentials. So if they use your credentials, then you have proof on your phone that was sent to the end user.""Technical support has been great.""In terms of identity management, it helps to improve security posture. It generally helps in terms cloud security, simplicity, and single sign-on for multiple apps.""Multi-factor authentication really secures our environments and gives us the flexibility to use location-based policies. Azure AD also gives us a lot of flexibility in our scope of integration.""The scalability capabilities are quite high.""Single sign-on provides flexibility and helps because users don't want to remember so many passwords when logging in. It's a major feature. Once you log in, you have access to all the applications. It also enables us to provide backend access controls to our users, especially when it comes to groups, as we are trying to normalize things.""The single sign-on of the solution is the most valuable aspect.""It is one of those costs where you can't really quantify a return on investment. In the grand scheme of things, if we didn't have it, we would probably have a lot more breaches. It would be a lot harder to detect issues because we would have people using static usernames and passwords for various sites, making us open to a lot more attacks. The amount of security and benefit that we get out of it is not quantifiable but the return of investment from a qualitative point of view is much higher than not having it."

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"ForgeRock has CIAM, which other products didn't have, and they have DevOps ready.""I like the intelligent authentication feature.""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.""The solution integrates well and it is important for them to keep up with the current trends in the market quickly enough, and they have been doing a good job at it.""We create and define the permissions and configurations for the users."

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"Zero Trust implementation is a great feature.""The most valuable feature is the User Experience Designer, which has been very helpful for our project.""Its value is when you use it with a Workspace ONE UEM solution as it is part of the ecosystem for VMware Workspace ONE.""One of the features that I enjoyed most was the integration with Azure AD because I could use VMware Identity Manager to standardize the User Principal Name coming from Active Directory. You have Azure AD Connect to do that. In between, if you have vIDM handling it, you can easily get the synchronization of users into your VM and standardize the User Principal Name. If you require quality assurance for handling it, you can actually count on the vIDM to do so. That was one of the main things I enjoyed about the product.""The most valuable feature is single sign-on."

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"Some systems do not integrate very well with Azure AD. We thought of going for Okta, but later on we were able to achieve it, but not the way we wanted. It was not as easy as we thought it would be. The integration was not very seamless.""Transitioning to the cloud is very difficult. They need the training to make it easier.""The only issue with Azure AD is that it doesn't have control over the wifi network. You have to do something more to have a secure wifi network. To have it working, you need an active directory server on-premises to take care of the networks.""If Microsoft can give us a way to see where this product is running, from a backend perspective, then it would be great.""Azure AD needs to be more in sync. The synchronization can be time-consuming.""Microsoft needs to add a single setup, so whenever resources join the company or are leaving the company, all of the changes can be made with a single click.""The downside is that we now have all our eggs in one basket with Microsoft. We have this great authentication and single sign-on, but if Microsoft has an outage in North America or globally, on Outlook or Teams, we're dead in the water... We get some type of hiccup once a quarter.""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."

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"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.""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.""I find that it's quite expensive for just an open-source system. Support is quite expensive.""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.""Automatic Deployment needs improvement. it could be made easier."

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"The mobile SSO doesn't work as well on Android.""We have a lot of problems when it comes to integrating with Active Directory.""The license could be better.""I would like to have better support for multi-cloud sessions.""vIDM could be improved with the multi-tenant capabilities that VMware tends to offer—features like customization branding and the integration of the app catalog based on the branding. Since the integration has been at top-level OGs, you were not able to then do rebranding if you were required to use specific user groups to highlight specific applications. At the time, I was personally opening feature requests for these things. I haven't worked with the latest release, so I don't know if these features were already deployed or not."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis and the cost depends on the number of users."
  • "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."
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  • "It's a bit pricey and could be more competitive."
  • "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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  • "We pay approximately $6.50 per user for the standard version. If you are paying for an enterprise license that includes VDI then it will cost approximately $25 per user on a monthly basis."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The single sign-on across multiple platforms is really the true advantage here. That gives you one ID and password for… more »
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    Costs are constantly being managed. We don't really have a choice. It's the one shop in town. If you want this, you have… more »
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    The downside is that we now have all our eggs in one basket with Microsoft. We have this great authentication and single… more »
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    The solution is very scalable. We have a lot of users that have been increasing over the years that we have been using… more »
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    The pricing of the solution is fair but I do not have the full details.
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    In an upcoming release, the solution could improve by limiting the need to do customizations.
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    One of the features that I enjoyed most was the integration with Azure AD because I could use VMware Identity Manager to… more »
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    In terms of pricing, it's reasonable if you have the Workspace ONE solution. If you don't have the full solution, it's… more »
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    vIDM could be improved with the multi-tenant capabilities that VMware tends to offer—features like customization… more »
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    Also Known As
    ForgeRock Identity Platform, ForgeRock OpenIDM
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    Overview

    The Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) enterprise identity service provides single sign-on and multi-factor authentication to help protect your users from 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks. With Azure Active Directory, you get:

    - Single sign-on enabling access to your apps from anywhere

    - Conditional Access and multi-factor authentication to help protect and govern access

    - A single identity platform to engage with internal and external users more securely

    - Developer tools to easily integrate identity into your apps and services 

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    Open source provisioning solution for real-time user management life cycle automation.
    VMware Identity Manager is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering, providing application provisioning, self-service catalog, conditional access controls and Single Sign-On (SSO) for SaaS, web, cloud and native mobile applications. It simplifies business mobility with one touch from any device, empowers employees with a self-service app store, optimizes user experience & security with AirWatch and was designed for the mobile cloud world for AirWatch enrolled devices providing a seamless consumer-grade user experience.
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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.
    Geico, Thomson Reuters, Salesforce, McKesson, Trinet, SKY, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Capgemini, North Western University
    Seventy Seven Energy, The Hut Group, SAIC
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise58%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Small Business75%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise13%
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    ForgeRock is ranked 4th in Access Management with 7 reviews while VMware Identity Manager is ranked 5th in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) with 5 reviews. ForgeRock is rated 7.4, while VMware Identity Manager is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of ForgeRock writes "Good for multi-client setups and easy to implement but the scalability seems uncertain". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Identity Manager writes "Great integration and end user experience ". ForgeRock is most compared with SailPoint IdentityIQ, Okta Workforce Identity, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, PingID and Saviynt, whereas VMware Identity Manager is most compared with CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Okta Workforce Identity, SailPoint IdentityIQ and Symantec Privileged Access Manager.

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