This section provides answers to the following questions to help you understand how to use the App Catalog to integrate Oracle Identity Cloud Service with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications:
Why Integrate with SaaS Applications?
Over the past few years, customers are transitioning their access management system from an on-premises environment to a cloud-based one. This includes shifting their assets (such as their on-premises applications) into the cloud. Because of the proliferation of cloud-based SaaS applications in the market, Oracle Identity Cloud Service must be able to integrate with these applications. Oracle Identity Cloud Service has out-of-the-box integrations for thousands of SaaS applications. When a predefined integration isn't available for a SaaS application, Oracle Identity Cloud Service provides SAML and SCIM toolsets that will enable customers to integrate with it. By integrating your SaaS applications with Oracle Identity Cloud Service, you have one central place where you can not only manage your applications, but also the access that your users have to them.
What Is the App Catalog?
The App Catalog is a collection of partially configured application templates for thousands of SaaS applications, such as Amazon Web Services and Google Suite. Using the templates, you can define an application, configure SSO, and configure provisioning. Oracle creates and maintains the App Catalog for you, and provides step-by-step instructions that will help you to configure your applications.
What Are the Advantages of Using the App Catalog?
The App Catalog has out-of-the-box integrations for thousands of SaaS applications. When an application is available in the App Catalog, most of the metadata that Oracle Identity Cloud Service needs to integrate with the application already exists, so you don't have to define it. For most applications, it takes less than five minutes to configure them so that they can be integrated with Oracle Identity Cloud Service. All you have to do is go to the App Catalog, search for an application, create an instance of the application, and provide the connectivity details that Oracle Identity Cloud Service requires to communicate with it. When setting up applications, Oracle Identity Cloud Service features guided wizards that will help you configure them even further. This provides you with a consistent approach when using the App Catalog to integrate your applications with Oracle Identity Cloud Service.