With the advent of Creative Cloud for Enterprise (CCE) a key new resource for IT administrators has become available: the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard. The dashboard empowers an IT administrator to handle numerous organizational tasks, from account management and app provision to group management and access levels. While these and other myriad features of the dashboard assist an IT administrator, perhaps the best known feature of the dashboard is its option to explicitly manage enterprise identity providers. With this feature the IT administrator can now configure multiple identity providers by first claiming domains and then configuring enterprise identity schemes of either Enterprise ID type or Federated ID type.
As of February 2015 the dashboard supports three identity account types, all of which rely on a user’s email address. The Adobe ID account type has been around from the beta days of the Creative Cloud (CC), and both the Enterprise ID and Federated ID have since been explicitly added for CCE. While each one of these three has a unique set of respective pros and cons, it is very much possible for an IT administrator to mix and match all available account types, i.e. to use Enterprise IDs, Federated IDs, and Adobe IDs in the same enterprise deployment. For example, an organization may choose to rely on Adobe IDs for those enterprise users that require Digital Publishing Suite to perform their roles, while other enterprise users, e.g. those require Photoshop CC to perform their roles, can rely on leveraging Enterprise ID.
With Adobe’s introduction of Federated IDs as an available account type identity, the enterprise administrators now have the option of enabling Single Sign-On (SSO) between enterprise identity management systems and respective Adobe clouds. With SSO support, IT administrators can not only implement better security controls between CCE and their organization, but also empower enterprise users to leverage a single credentials in order to log and access Creative Cloud for enterprise desktop apps, services, and mobile apps.
To find out more about the new Federated ID identity type as well as enabling the SSO, please refer to Configure Single Sign-On details below: