We launched Crowd, a single sign-on and identity management solution, a few months ago. There tends to be a lot of confusion around the SSO marketplace. There are many systems that range in price from free to six figures, some of which require vast amounts of energy to install and integrate and others that take little time.
Matt Flynn wrote a really nice overview of SSO a few months ago. He differentiated Web SSO and Enterprise SSO. Crowd falls into the latter category. By Matt’s definition, Crowd is a product that enables a better user experience.
It does that by making it possible for employees in an organization to jump from one app to the next without having to remember each of their user names and passwords. They can move seamlessly from one app to the next. Administrators actually set up and manage user permissions in Crowd, but to the user the experience is transparent.
In the case of our products, it means your users can share one database (the LDAP server). When a new employee starts, or an old employee leaves the company, the admin needs only to update Crowd once in order to set permissions.
There has been a lot of press around OpenID lately. Open ID falls into the Web SSO category. However, in the near future, Crowd will integrate with OpenID protocol, which will blur the lines between Web SSO and Enterprise SSO. It gives users greater security when navigating between their enterprise applications and third party websites.

Here is another resource for more info on single sign-on, an FAQ on our site. Questions and answers include things such as:

  • What is single sign-on (SSO)?
  • What is authorisation?
  • What is authentication?
  • What is centralised authentication?
  • What is identity management?
  • What is a directory?

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