Okta’s pre-integrated solution for Google Apps delivers:
- Single sign-on for Google Apps and all your cloud applications.
- Automated user management to efficiently and securely manage Google Apps accounts.
- Increased productivity for both administrators and Google Apps users.
- Usage and cost alignment to optimize your Google Apps ROI.
- Logging and reporting for a complete audit trail on Google Apps access.
Google Apps is becoming increasingly important for many organizations as a key productivity tool for email and collaboration for virtually every employee. However, as a web application that’s separate from your on-premises IT infrastructure, Google Apps presents identity and access management challenges for both users and administrators.
Users often forget their usernames and passwords, leading to distracting password reset requests that administrators must process quickly to keep users productive. Additionally, when a new employee joins your organization, they need rapid access to perform their daily tasks. When an employee leaves, their accounts must be promptly deactivated to preserve the integrity of any critical application data to which they may have had access.
Provisioning and deprovisioning Google Apps accounts is a manual, time-consuming, error-prone process. Google does provide a tool called Google Apps Directory Sync that connects with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to help with the initial Google Apps rollout by performing a one-time sync based on Active Directory records. However, Google Apps Directory Sync is not integrated into all of the apps Google offers (for example, Postini, Analytics, and AdWords), and it doesn’t natively provide ongoing synchronization. It also doesn’t extend the integration to enable users to access Google Apps with their Active Directory password.
Finally, organizations that adopt Google Apps typically value the benefits of software as a service (SaaS) and also deploy many other rapidly growing cloud applications like Salesforce.com, WebEx, GoToMeeting, NetSuite, Concur, and ADP, which exacerbates their single sign-on (SSO) and user management challenges. Download the Okta datasheet to learn more.
Google Apps and All Your Cloud Applications
Okta is a simple and flexible solution that enables you to securely manage all your web applications regardless of the authentication methods they support or whether they run inside or outside the corporate firewall. Okta requires no up-front investments in hardware, software, or development time. A consumer-like experience for users and simple but robust directory and application integrations for administrators enable Okta to deliver SSO, user management, and analytics for Google Apps and all your organization’s web applications in minutes rather than months. With Okta, your cloud is covered.
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