Innovative companies often establish their edge by rapidly building unique applications that set them apart from established players. But once these applications – whether built for customers or for internal users – begin to mature and drive growth and profitability, you need to treat them as the vital assets they have become. This means they need to be brought into a secure, controlled environment so you can manage access and ensure proper policy-based data governance.
If you’re like many companies today, this means integrating your homegrown apps with the Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solution – such as Microsoft Azure AD, Okta, Amazon Cognito or Google Workspace – that you’re already using across your organization to secure your modern SaaS applications.
Too many development teams underestimate the time and resources this type of integration requires. Experience shows us that a company with 200 employees can spend up to 500 hours integrating each application.
Having your developers attempt to build SSO integration and authorization is a huge distraction from their strategic projects. And it always takes longer than you think. Few developers have the security expertise to manage such a project, leading to potential security vulnerabilities, so you will likely need to hire an expensive security expert. And the drain on your resources doesn’t stop there. Your developers – and security experts – will need to keep maintaining and improving the integration to keep up with application changes and evolving requirements.
Since you already have developers and tools, you might consider trying to DIY your own OAuth SSO proxy or identity-aware proxy. However, this approach can take days or weeks, taking resources away from your strategically important development tasks. And each application that you need to integrate requires the same effort. According to our customers, a company with 200 employees can spend up to 500 hours integrating each application.
Properly integrating an application with OAuth requires security expertise so that you are not introducing additional vulnerabilities during the integration process, undercutting the very security you are trying to establish. If you don’t have the security expertise on staff, you will need to hire someone or rely on an expensive consultant.
Security and governance are not the only benefits of integrating your homegrown applications with your IDaaS. The integration means users won’t have to login to multiple applications to access the tools they need, making them more productive while reducing frustration. Further, identity and access management best practices require constant attention as employee status and access requirements can change daily. By integrating your homegrown applications with your IDaaS, administrators can ensure security and provide users with the access they need to their tools using a “change once, propagate everywhere” approach.
Enter the Datawiza Access Management Platform
Datawiza makes it easy to migrate legacy applications to an IDaaS solution. The Datawiza Access Management Platform, the industry’s first cloud-native Access Management as a Service (AMaaS), helps companies improve security and implement a Zero Trust architecture by providing a no-code/low-code solution to connect any application and any service to any modern IDaaS solution.
The combination of Datawiza and an IDaaS solution enables SSO and MFA for every application in your environment – legacy applications, as well as homegrown applications and open source tools – and provides policy-defined, URL-level access controls based on detailed user and device attributes, such as group, role, IP, or browser. With Datawiza, one license lets you migrate all the legacy applications in your environment, and migrating each application takes minutes instead of days or weeks, so users and administrators quickly benefit from SSO and centralized access management – without the need for custom coding. And because Datawiza was built by cloud and security experts, it automates security configuration during the migration process to reduce the potential for errors that could lead to security gaps and other risks.