Single Sign On and how can it effect your organisation – Microsoft 365 integration

In the previous article we explained how the already difficult duties of your IT team have gradually been becoming more complex – with the advancements in technology and our increased reliance and familiarity with IT rising daily, our IT teams are really feeling the pressure. We explored how SSO can alleviate some of that stress by taking the worry of passwords out of their hands. Now we know how it can improve your workplace both operationally and on a security level, let’s explore how SSO integrates with Microsoft and its suite of tools.


Microsoft 365 integration with SSO

When synchronised with their Microsoft 365 account your users are able to sign into their account using the same Microsoft credentials. ‘What a great feature’, I hear you say – that is until someone forgets their password! It’s happened to the best of us – we’ll be continuously guessing, trying our hardest to connect links between our favourite football team and our pet. But what is arguably even more frustrating is having to enter the same credentials multiple times to log into each and every app.


SSO allows users to log in using Active Directory Credentials

SSO will help users to log into their account using their Active Directory credentials, so they will no longer have to re-enter their credentials over and over again once having already signed into their machine. Now, let’s take a closer look at Microsoft 365’s native function within Microsoft Azure.


Microsoft Azure and SSO

With the Azure Active Directory you can access all of your applications with SSO from anywhere on the planet, on any device, from a centralised portal! This allows your team to produce better quality work and have a more prosperous relationship with the system, all from the comfort of their own home, the office, or even the beach if they wish. Microsoft Azure and SSO allow your team to be connected to some of the world’s most popular apps (including Dropbox and Zoom to name just two – and there are thousands more on offer)!

Microsoft Azure and SSO open up a host of possibilities – let’s take a look at them now.


Access pre-integrated apps

With Microsoft Azure and SSO you can connect your Software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps using their gallery, making for a much more productive work environment.


Scale IT efficiencies

Microsoft Azure and SSO make it possible to offer ‘self-service password reset tools’, which allow you to guarantee reduced support times to your team and, in the process, minimise overall costs. This can be beneficial in many ways but mainly because you can then use your limited resources on activities that are of higher value to the organisation.

With Microsoft Azure Active Directory Seamless SSO it is possible to automatically sign users in when they are on a corporate device that is connected to your corporate network. Enabling this allows you to sign into Azure ID without needing to type your password or even – in some cases – your username.

Technology in the modern age has the power to revolutionise your workplace and elevate your business heads and shoulders above your competition. If used correctly there are tools on the market that will change the way you and your team work forever. SSO is one of the key ingredients that can be utilised to make that a possibility – by implementing it in your business, you are not only allowing your team to be more productive with their time but also to behave more securely whilst handling clients’ sensitive data, in turn making your business a success.


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