We just released SAML support for Salesforce and Google Apps, which is significant for a number of reasons. Most people haven’t heard of SAML and of those who have, a good portion of them feel that it’s either too complex and too costly to deal with.
In our implementation we have tried to make SAML as easy to use as possible. You don’t have to understand concepts like profiles, assertions or bindings. If you follow the ten-step guides that we have published in our support forums, you will be up and running in minutes.
So why is SAML important anyway? As soon as you take the password out of the security equation, you solve a number of issues. First of all, you don’t have to worry about weak passwords in the cloud apps you use. Users are logged in without a password, which greatly simplifies management of users and privileges. And when someone leaves your organization, you can revoke access to their apps centrally.