20 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 100
7 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Cognito

If you're already using AWS, there's no reason why you should implement your own password authentication or OAuth flows when you can use Cognito instead. It solves that work for you astoundingly well. You might be tempted by a tool like Okta for OAuth flows, but unless you already have a hard dependency on it then you should go with Cognito instead. It's much lighter weight, and it's much more pleasant to extend it with lambdas.
If you don't have any AWS in your stack, or it's very very important to you to stay platform-independent for your login flows, then those are reasons to avoid Cognito.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

IBM Security Identity and Access Manager is well-suited for larger organizations who can take advantage of the powerful features without being overwhelmed by the initial investments of both time and resources. It is advantageous for any company that wants to provide secure protection of both internal and external (client) information. The added bonus of threat management mitigation was an unforeseen bonus.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Identity Management

Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
7.3
ID-Management Access Control
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
7.3
ID Management Single-Sign On (SSO)
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
9.5
Multi-Factor Authentication
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
8.0
Password Management
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
7.0
Account Provisioning and De-provisioning
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
6.0
ID Management Workflow Automation
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
6.0
ID Risk Management
Amazon Cognito
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
7.5

Pros

Amazon Cognito

  • Amazon Cognito allows you to build multi-factor authentication with a few clicks.
  • Cognito supports sign-in with social identity providers like Facebook and Google.
  • It is easy to manage Cognito users through the Console.
  • It is easy to customize sign-up and sign-in workflows by integrating with AWS Lambda.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

  • Reverse Proxy
  • SSO
  • Load Balancing
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Cognito

  • As such I do not find any major things as cons. However they can improve the documentation.
  • Sometimes additional customisation increases complexity. Most of those advanced features are not used frequently.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

  • Not particularly user friendly
  • Performance is not good for administration
Wai Mun Leong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Cognito

Amazon Cognito 8.0
Based on 2 answers
All the features AWS Cognito offers gives the user the options they need without making it too complicated. Your customers will be happy. On the administration site usability is also great. After a small learning curve, you can setup Cognito for your usage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon Cognito

Amazon Cognito 7.3
Based on 3 answers
AWS Support overall is poor. Your main resources are trainings and the docs, and the docs can be very confusing. Using Cognito well involves having a developer learn it deeply and help support your team in understanding it. That said, Cognito's competitors also have dismal support and even worse documentation, so while this isn't a strength for Cognito it may still be the frontrunner here.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Cognito

When compared to Okta, I would say Cognito is still not up to pace with Okta. However, I guess they are constantly updating their features and will soon come with the new features. I would say Cogntio provides a better interface than Azure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

We evaluated Oracle Identity Manager and were ready to move ahead with the purchase plan, but then found that IBM addressed the needs of our company in a more robust fashion. The price was significantly higher, yet in the grand scheme of things, the safety of both our data and the data of our clients was the most important criteria.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Cognito

  • Amazon Cognito has had a positive impact on our business by allowing us to develop services that require user sign-up and sign-in more rapidly. Not only do we not need to build or maintain these features, but Cognito's implementation is also better than what we would be justified in building ourselves.
  • Amazon Cognito makes user management easy. This reduces the time we have to spend supporting users. Non-technical product managers can even use the AWS Console to manage users without requiring support from developers.
  • Amazon Cognito is likely more secure than what would be built in-house; a portion of our attack surface is now managed by Amazon.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

  • By reducing effort needed to code encryption and session management within the application, it has returned significant ROI
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Cognito

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon Cognito Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$0.011
  1. Per MAU
Additional Pricing Details

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Cognito
9.0
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)
8.3

Usability

Amazon Cognito
8.0
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

Support Rating

Amazon Cognito
7.3
IBM Security Verify Access, formerly IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM)

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