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We performed a comparison between IBM Security Access Manager and Symantec Siteminder based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Access Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Security Access Manager vs. Symantec Siteminder report (Updated: August 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Its stability and UI are most valuable.""I have found this solution to be really practical and when a user wants to log in, it is effortless and runs smooth.""From the integration point of view, it supports SAML, OIDC, and OAuth. For legacy applications that don't have support for SAML and other new protocols, it provides single sign-on access to end-users. From the integration compatibility point of view, it is highly capable.""The most valuable feature of IBM Security Access Manager, at least for my company, is multi-factor authentication. That's the only feature my company is using. The solution works well and has no glitches. IBM Security Access Manager is a very good solution, so my company is still using it."

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"It's quite scalable.""A valuable feature of Siteminder is the way it handles bulk traffic. The features it has, in terms of routing the traffic and load balancing, are good.""The solution is easy to use for our managers.""Symantec Siteminder Is both scalable and stable."

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Cons
"There are a lot of areas that can be improved, but the main area is the lack of customization. You cannot easily customize anything in the product. It is not easy to tweak the functionality. It is challenging to change the out-of-the-box functionality.""The solution could be classified as a hilt system. There are a lot of resources being used and it is suitable for very large enterprises or the public sector.""They can improve the single sign-on configuration for OIDC and OAuth. That is not very mature in this product, and they can improve it in this particular area. OIDC is a third-party integration that we do with the cloud platforms, and OAuth is an authorization mechanism for allowing a user having an account with Google or any other provider to access an application. Organizations these days are looking for just-in-time provisioning use cases, but IBM Security Access Manager is not very mature for such use cases. There are only a few applications that can be integrated, and this is where this product is lagging. However, in terms of configuration and single sign-on mechanisms, it is a great product.""What we'd like improved in IBM Security Access Manager is its onboarding process as it's complex, particularly when onboarding new applications. We need to be very, very careful during the onboarding. We have no issues with IBM Security Access Manager because the solution works fine, apart from the onboarding process and IBM's involvement in onboarding issues. If we need support related to the onboarding, we've noticed a pattern where support isn't available, or they don't have much experience, or we're not getting a response from them. We're facing the same issue with IBM Guardium. As we're just focusing on the multi-factor authentication feature of IBM Security Access Manager and we didn't explore any other features, we don't have additional features to suggest for the next release of the solution, but we're in discussion about exploring ID management and access management features, but those are just possibilities because right now, we're focused on exploring our domain."

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"An area Siteminder could improve on is that there are a few limitations, in terms of new protocols for OpenID. If I want to have different scopes, the features are limited. They also do not have APIs exposed, which is a major drawback. API is a feature I would like to see included in the next release.""The support could be faster.""The technical support could be better.""Some of the new protocols, like OAuth 2.0, could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The license and costs depend on the amount range of users you have. For just approximately 2,000 users, the price is practical and fair. However, when you have 20,000 users, it starts to become really expensive, and the discount per user is not attractive enough to go ahead and purchase."
  • "It costs about 300K AED for a year. Its pricing is a bit on the higher end, but in comparison to other products in the market, its price is still better. There are lots of other products that are very costly."
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  • "Symantec Siteminder is expensive; they could definitely do better on the price."
  • "The licensing is fair for this solution."
  • "Siteminder is a little costly. You pay for licensing, and they offer packages, so if you have less users, then you have to buy different products at different prices. If you have more of a user base, then the package is different. They also include other features—for example, if you have a database and you're using Siteminder, then it's good to use a Semantic-specific database, but if you are using less, then you have to purchase the database separately. Whereas if you are going for a bigger license, then it comes within the package. It depends on which plan you are using."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I have found this solution to be really practical and when a user wants to log in, it is effortless and runs smooth.
    Top Answer:The solution could be classified as a hilt system. There are a lot of resources being used and it is suitable for very large enterprises or the public sector. In the future, there could be better… more »
    Top Answer:I am a provider of mobile authentication and my customers want to upgrade the Single Sign-On platform solution. We then provide them our mobile authentication to plugin with the new version of IBM's… more »
    Top Answer:A valuable feature of Siteminder is the way it handles bulk traffic. The features it has, in terms of routing the traffic and load balancing, are good.
    Top Answer:Siteminder is a little costly. You pay for licensing, and they offer packages, so if you have less users, then you have to buy different products at different prices. If you have more of a user base… more »
    Top Answer:An area Siteminder could improve on is that there are a few limitations, in terms of new protocols for OpenID. If I want to have different scopes, the features are limited. They also do not have APIs… more »
    Ranking
    11th
    out of 30 in Access Management
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    2,161
    Comparisons
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    Reviews
    4
    Average Words per Review
    549
    Rating
    7.8
    9th
    out of 30 in Access Management
    Views
    3,132
    Comparisons
    2,457
    Reviews
    4
    Average Words per Review
    545
    Rating
    8.3
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    ISAM
    Single Sign-On, SiteMinder, CA SSO, Layer7 SiteMinder
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    Overview

    IBM Security Access Manager helps you simplify your users' access while more securely adopting web, mobile, IoT and cloud technologies. It can be deployed on-premises, in a virtual or hardware appliance or containerized with Docker. ISAM helps you strike a balance between usability and security through the use of risk-based access, single sign-on, integrated access management control, identity federation and mobile multi-factor authentication. Take back control of your access management with IBM Security Access Manager.

    Symantec® SiteMinder is designed to secure the modern enterprise through a unified access management platform that applies the appropriate authentication mechanism to positively identify users; provides single sign-on and identity federation for seamless access to any application; enforces granular security policies to stop unauthorized access to sensitive resources; and monitors and manages the entire user session to prevent session hijacking. Finally, Symantec SiteMinder is battle-tested and has been deployed in the largest IT environments in the world.

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    Sample Customers
    POST Luxembourg
    British Telecom, CoreBlox, DBS, HMS, Itera ASA and Simeo
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Insurance Company15%
    Government8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm40%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Retailer8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Insurance Company13%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise80%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business6%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise92%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Security Access Manager vs. Symantec Siteminder
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Security Access Manager vs. Symantec Siteminder and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Security Access Manager is ranked 11th in Access Management with 4 reviews while Symantec Siteminder is ranked 9th in Access Management with 4 reviews. IBM Security Access Manager is rated 7.8, while Symantec Siteminder is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Security Access Manager writes "Supports on-prem and cloud environments, has good integration capabilities, and is easy to adopt". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Siteminder writes "Useful for single sign-on and handles bulk traffic well". IBM Security Access Manager is most compared with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Okta Workforce Identity, F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and WSO2 Identity Server, whereas Symantec Siteminder is most compared with Okta Workforce Identity, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), PingFederate, ForgeRock and PingAccess. See our IBM Security Access Manager vs. Symantec Siteminder report.

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