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Executive Summary
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 Microsoft Entra ID vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ Report (Updated: November 2023).
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Quotes From Members
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature for us is the ability to set up connectors to various IT systems and offer a wide range of supported connectors.""Omada's user interface is elegant and easy to work with. I like Omada's ability to automatically generate accounts for new hires and allow them access to all required systems by established policies. Around 80 percent of workers can start working immediately on their first day without requesting further access.""You can make resources. You can import them from Azure or Active Directory and put them in an application. For example, if there is an application that uses a lot of Active Directory groups, you can make the groups available for people. If they need to access that application, you can tell them the resource groups you have for that application. People can do everything by themselves. They do not need anybody else. They can just go to the Omada portal, and they can do it all by themselves. That is terrific.""The benefits of Omada Identity include a holistic way of viewing access, the ability to give people access, and automation.""We don't have to go in and do a lot of the work that we did before. It may have saved us somewhere in the range of 10 to 30 percent of the time we spent on provisioning access.""For me, the best feature of Omada Identity is its web interface because it's really easy for users to understand.""Omada's most valuable aspect is its usability.""We used to have a problem where an employee's access wasn't terminated when they left the company. Now, we have much better visibility into and control over who has access."

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"The most valuable features in Active Directory are the password writeback product and the MDM technology.""The solution is free to use and you can use it for every service.""Installation is straightforward. It only took a couple of hours to set everything up.""Overall, I think the support and the pictorial format of this web portal are very good.""We haven't had any problems with stability. Everything works fine.""Two very important features in terms of security are governance and compliance through the Conditional Access policies and Azure Log Analytics.""Active Directory itself is the best feature it has. It also gives us a single pane of glass for managing user access.""The most valuable feature is the conditional access policies. This gives us the ability to restrict who can access which applications or the portal in specific ways."

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"The initial setup isn't so difficult.""It offers a single source of truth. Everything can be handled from one tier.""I find the built-in connectors, lifecycle management, certification, and recertification features to be the most valuable.""This solution is great for providing control access across your environment.""Good life cycle management, segregation of duties, and analytics features.""It is simple and easy to implement.""The access certification feature is valuable.""The most valuable features of SailPoint IdentityIQ are the reporting because it is better than other solutions. The workflows can be customized to our requirements and the overall features are good."

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"The account management integration isn't bad, but it isn't plug-and-play like Microsoft Azure. You need some deep development knowledge to set up the connectors.""When you do a recalculation of an identity, it's hard to understand what was incorrect before you started the recalculation, and which values are actually updated... all you see are all the new fields that are provisioned, instead of seeing only the fields that are changed.""We are still on Omada on-prem, but I understand that when Omada is in the cloud, you cannot send an attachment via email. We have some emails with attachments for new employees because we have to explain to them how to register and do their multi-factor authentication. All that information is in the attachment. People have to do that before they are in our system. We cannot give them a link to our Intranet and SharePoint because they do not yet have access. They have to register before that, so I need to send the attachments, but this functionality is not there in the cloud.""I would like more training. As someone who is new to this world, I don't feel that the courses Omada provides are good enough. They should also improve the documentation. It is difficult to learn how to use the solution by yourself""The web GUI can be improved.""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.""When making a process, you should be able to use some coding to do some advanced calculations. The calculations you can currently do are too basic. I would also like some additional script features.""Omada could communicate better with us about the product roadmap. We haven't gotten any updates about it. The user interface is often a bit difficult to understand. It isn't optimized for small screens, so it doesn't display all of the information clearly, so users need to scroll a lot."

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"If your organization requires additional security then the subscription will be more expensive.""Sometimes, the notifications and alerts are not delivered properly, and we end up missing them. Also, the overall graphical user interface needs to be improved.""Adding a new account can be tricky.""The technical support has room for improvement.""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, which is part of already B, they get access to any system that group B has access to, and that provisioning is automatically there.""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.""Technical support could be better.""One thing that they need to improve is the cost."

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"The mover process for this solution could be improved.""The user interface is not very user-friendly.""There are various functions that don't work in IdentityIQ, including the access request reminder, which doesn't go to the approvals in the proper format, so it's hard for users to read.""The cost can be prohibitive for middle-tier companies.""SailPoint IdentityIQ could be cheaper.""The user interface could be slightly improved. It could be made simpler and more user-friendly, however, it is good enough right now.""There's a lot of customization required to improve the user experience.""I would like for the next release to have a more user-friendly interface."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Omada Identity is very reasonably and competitively priced."
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  • "It is a packaged license. We have a Premium P1 subscription of Office 365, and it came with that."
  • "It's relatively inexpensive in comparison with third-party solutions. It's highly available and supported by Microsoft Azure in our enterprise agreements. With the addition of their B2C tenants, it's hard to beat from a cost perspective now."
  • "The solution has three types of tiers: E1 has very basic features. You get limited stuff in E2 and cannot have Office 360 associated with it. E3 is on the costly side and has all the features."
  • "We don't really have a choice. It's the one shop in town. If you want this, you have to pay for it."
  • "The price of the solution's license is good."
  • "The price is fine. It's a good value for the money compared with other solutions."
  • "We have a yearly license."
  • "The subscription should be categorized by business size. For example, small companies should have a discounted price, this would help small companies and the organization to be automated."
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  • "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."
  • "SailPoint is expensive compared to its competitors. It's one of the most expensive products, so I'd rate it as one out of five, cost-wise."
  • "It's all competitive. Initially, the prices look a bit higher, but once it gets into a competitive situation, they meet the market. I'd rate it an eight out of ten in terms of pricing. It tends to be more expensive, but it works."
  • "The pricing is based on the number of users and is reasonable."
  • "I rate the solution a seven on a scale where one is cheap and ten is too expensive. In short, the solution falls under the higher side of pricing."
  • "SailPoint IdentityIQ is highly-priced, and I rate it an eight out of ten for pricing."
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    Also Known As
    Omada Identity Suite, Omada Identity Cloud
    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Authenticator
    IdentityIQ, SailPoint IdentityNow
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    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.

    Secure access to any app or resource from anywhere

    Take advantage of adaptive identity and network access controls to secure access to any app or resource for every user or digital workload across your entire environment.

    Protect and verify every identity

    Implement consistent security policies for every user—employees, frontline workers, customers, partners—as well as apps, devices, and workloads across multicloud and hybrid.

    Provide only the access necessary

    Discover and right-size permissions, manage access lifecycles, and ensure least privilege access for any identity.

    Simplify the user experience

    Reduce IT friction and improve the hybrid workforce experience with seamless access to any resource, single sign-on, user self-service management, and automated lifecycle workflows.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Bayer, ECCO Shoes, Vattenfall, NuStar Energy, Unicredit, Schiphol Group
    Microsoft Entre ID is trusted by companies of all sizes and industries including Walmart, Zscaler, Uniper, Amtrak,, and more.
    Adobe, AXA Technology Services, Cuna Mutual Group, Equifax, ING Direct, Orrstown Bank, Rockwell Automation, SallieMae, Spirit Aerosystems, TEL
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Non Profit6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Educational Organization24%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Financial Services Firm39%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Insurance Company9%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Entra ID vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Entra ID vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Microsoft Entra ID is ranked 2nd in Identity Management (IM) with 96 reviews while SailPoint IdentityIQ is ranked 1st in Identity Management (IM) with 26 reviews. Microsoft Entra ID is rated 8.8, while SailPoint IdentityIQ is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft Entra ID writes "Saves time, creates a single pane of glass, and offers good conditional access features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SailPoint IdentityIQ writes "Scales as per needs, and saves time with approval recommendations and automated approvals". Microsoft Entra ID is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, Yubico YubiKey, Auth0, Microsoft Intune and PingFederate, whereas SailPoint IdentityIQ is most compared with Saviynt, One Identity Manager, ForgeRock, Microsoft Identity Manager and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). See our Microsoft Entra ID vs. SailPoint IdentityIQ report.

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