While some SaaS providers started by offering a proprietary SSO mechanism, the industry trend is moving toward support of standards such as SAML 2. This allows employees, contractors or other members of an enterprise workforce to use their corporate credentials to access external applications.
In this use case, PingFederate connects to one or more service providers such as Software as a Service (SaaS) providers, enterprise applications hosted on an IaaS platform (Amazon EC2), enterprise applications developed using a PaaS provider (Force.com) or Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) suppliers that provide applications for employee use. The enterprise can provide SSO access to external applications from multiple devices including Web browsers, mobile devices and rich clients such as Microsoft Outlook. Employees benefit from SSO access whether they are in the office or on the road. PingConnect can also support this use case for small to medium enterprises who prefer a hosted solution, eliminating the need for on-premise hardware and IT resources.
SaaS Connectors provide support for advanced use cases, including user account management, and optimize the creation and configuration of connections.