Manage app log-ons and authorizations via the cloud

Both startups and traditional vendors offer access management as a service

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From an IT perspective, Post Holdings, the company behind cereal brands including Fruity Pebbles and Grape-Nuts, recently became a $1 billion, 100-year-old startup.

That's because last year the company was spun off from Ralcorp Holdings and was left, literally, without an IT department. That turned into an opportunity for the newly hired IT team, which was faced with choosing all new applications for 1,300 workers. "We were starting from scratch," says Brian Hofmeister, director of enterprise infrastructure at Post Holdings.

Since the IT team decided to go 100% cloud for all its applications, narrowing down which type of identity and access management tool to use wasn't that hard, he explains. Post turned to Okta, a single sign-on service for cloud apps.

Okta is among a handful of newer companies -- including Ping Identity, OneLogin and Symplified -- that offer cloud-based products to help IT departments and workers manage authorization and log-ins for cloud-based apps. They fall into a category known as identity and access management as a service (IDaaS).

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