Strengths: Application identity and access management in hybrid – cloud and on-premise – implementations
Verdict: We liked the seamless merging of cloud and on-premise application identity and access management
Symplified addresses access management to cloud applications. It is visualised best as a single sign-on (SSO) product for the cloud. However, as the company is quick to point out, SSO is just the convenience piece, although many would argue that it is a very big convenience given a large number of cloud-based applications the organisation may be using.
A large portion of Symplified is really a sophisticated identity and access management tool. The big plus here is that it really does not care where your application is. It could be behind the firewall or in the cloud. Access and identity management of both is necessary, and Symplified does that in such a way that the users cannot tell the difference. The location of the app simply does not matter. While the user is enjoying a seamless access experience to the applications that they need, Symplified is quietly logging all accesses and storing the data away for compliance purposes.
There are lots of little goodies that together make Symplified a good choice for this type of product. First, it works with mobile devices. That is a must-have in today's enterprises. Second, it integrates cleanly with Active Directory, making administration straightforward. Symplified can handle one-time passwords for multi-factor authentication. In short, the cloud and hybrid cloud/on-premise applications all behave alike from the user perspective, and they all function directly from the user's dashboard once they log in to it.
Administration is straightforward. Using a tool, called the Studio, administrators set up policy and manage the user-application interactions. Users can interact directly as well, creating connectors for various apps. However, in most cases no new connectors are needed since out of the box Symplified comes with quite a few of the most used ones.
We liked this item because it addresses an important challenge in an elegant, scalable way without forcing differentiation from the user perspective between on-premise and cloud-based applications. As the application fabric of most organisations becomes increasingly complicated, this tool will find an increasingly large market.