The 4 Most Common App Management Strategies Your IT Should Retire

March 29th, 2018   |     |  smarter identity

Most organizations face the challenge of managing complex application environments consisting of both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, as well as commercial off-the-shelf and custom web apps hosted on-premises, in data centers, or in private cloud environments.

In fact, according to a recent survey from Arlington Research, over half of enterprises deployed 50+ new on-prem applications in the past year, and the same percentage deployed 50+ new SaaS applications in the past year.

In many cases, these organizations adopted on-prem apps years ago, and are now “locked into” using them. But a surprising amount of organizations continue to invest in on-premises apps, while also continuing to adopting more cloud applications.

The four most common legacy application strategies.

Historically, enterprises have been faced with four options for how to manage application access:

Unfortunately, these options are not sustainable for modern enterprises.

Why these strategies fail.

At best, these strategies are costly, inefficient, and redundant. And at worst, they put your organization at serious security risk.


Managing access across disparate environments - especially between cloud and on-premises applications - involves redundant, time-intensive practices.

In fact, according to Forrester’s “Total Economic Impact (TEI) Study for IDaaS/SSO,” the cost in lost productivity due to decentralized login/app access per 1,000 employees, exceeds $447,000 each year.

At the same time, employees are also struggling to gain access to dozens of applications from a range of locations and devices.

Enhanced Security Threats

The disparate and inefficient nature of this legacy approach puts organizations at heightened risk of credential compromise, data breaches, malicious misuse, and intellectual property theft.

According to a recent study by Arlington research, 57% of former employees still have access to corporate applications.

Collectively, these types of threats cost organizations hundreds of thousands - if not millions of dollars - annually.

High Operational Costs

Many organizations try to mitigate the complexities of disparate app management by using legacy solutions like CA SiteMinder. Unfortunately, the subscription fees, personnel training, and maintenance costs involved in utilizing these legacy tools can cost enterprises millions of dollars each year.

The best approach

Modern enterprises need a solution that can unify access to both SaaS and on-premises application environments through a single Identity-as-a-Service solution. And in this way, OneLogin Access is the only product of its kind.

OneLogin Access unifies all applications under a single banner, extending the reach of the OneLogin Platform beyond SaaS to applications hosted on-premises, at remote data centers, and in private clouds. This ultimately translates to simplified administration, reduced IT costs, improved security, and a streamlined user experience.

About the Author

Jack Shepherd joined the OneLogin team in Summer of 2015, and is now the Content Marketing Lead at OneLogin. Jack specializes in producing thought leadership pieces around the latest cloud technologies, cybersecurity, and the evolving role of unified access management.

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