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  • "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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  • "IBM Cloud Identity Connect is more expensive than other solutions."
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  • "It could be a bit too pricey for small companies. Okta Workforce Identity can add a lot of benefits, but smaller companies may not have a lot of applications that need to be managed by Okta Workforce Identity. In larger organizations, there are more departments, applications, and users to manage. Okta Workforce Identity adds a bit more value to those bigger organizations. In addition to standard licensing fees, there are also additional costs for things"
  • "License is around US$20,000 annually."
  • "I believe it competes well. The pricing is pretty competitive. I know that Microsoft also provides something similar with its MFA and identity services."
  • "It is costly for large companies."
  • "The price of this product could be lower."
  • "It has a yearly subscription. As compared to its competitors, it is quite expensive. It also has a complex licensing model."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "This solution is costly. Pricing is decent if you have less users, but it significantly goes up the more users you have, with its cost not justified."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It's included within a wider bundle of Microsoft 365 products.
    Top Answer:The ability to manage and authenticate against on-premises solutions would be beneficial.
    Top Answer:IBM Cloud Identity Connect is a complete solution with all the pieces that are needed are there.
    Top Answer:IBM Cloud Identity Connect is more expensive than other solutions.
    Top Answer:I rate IBM Cloud Identity Connect an eight out of ten.
    Top Answer:The initial setup of Okta Workforce Identity is straightforward. I was able to get an environment ready within half a… more »
    Top Answer:Okta Workforce Identity scales up by the user, and then by the service that you're purchasing. The solution is not the… more »
    Top Answer:Okta Workforce Identity could improve provisioning it can be made simpler. They are implementing in one of the newer… more »
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    Azure Active Directory
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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.
    IBM Cloud Identity is a non-disruptive IDaaS solution to bridge from on-premises Identity and Access Management to the cloud. Cloud Identity speeds business agility to adopt cloud applications, increases user productivity with single sign-on from any device, and enables greater IT efficiency by extending existing infrastructure.

    Okta is an enterprise grade identity management service, built from the ground up in the cloud and delivered with an unwavering focus on customer success. With Okta, IT can manage access across any application, person or device. Whether the people are employees, partners or customers or the applications are in the cloud, on-premises or on a mobile device, Okta helps IT become more secure, make people more productive, and maintain compliance. Okta is an on-demand identity and access management service for web based applications, both in the cloud and behind the firewall.

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    Azure Active Directory is trusted by companies of all sizes and industries including Walmart, Zscaler, Uniper, Amtrak, monday.com, and more.
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Wholesaler/Distributor4%
    Financial Services Firm4%
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    Manufacturing Company25%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS)
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft, Okta, SailPoint and others in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS). Updated: June 2022.
    610,045 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Cloud Identity Connect is ranked 15th in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) with 1 review while Okta Workforce Identity is ranked 2nd in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) with 25 reviews. IBM Cloud Identity Connect is rated 8.0, while Okta Workforce Identity is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM Cloud Identity Connect writes "Straightforward installation, complete solution, and good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Okta Workforce Identity writes "Stable and reliable solution but the application updates are lacking". IBM Cloud Identity Connect is most compared with , whereas Okta Workforce Identity is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, SailPoint IdentityIQ, Auth0, Duo Security and ForgeRock.

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