Meldium and Okta: shared logins across teams

I had read a lot about a fancy “bring your own device” enterprise service called Okta – the idea was identity management for all your company’s apps across all devices. Essentially a way so that your employees can go to one place to log into all their company apps, and one place where an IT person can provision who gets access to each app, and one place where an IT person can turn-off access to everything when the person leaves the company. It was smart. I figured something so fancy was only available to enterprise customers, and I wasn’t sure that it would work with every third party service I needed.

I just started using a new service called Meldium. It’s super-affordable (Okta wants me to “request a quote” vs. Meldium is free for 5 users and $29/month up to 20 users) and solves this same problem and more!

Meldium essentially stores the logins/passwords for all my accounts so that I can go to Meldium, and with one click sign-into any app I need.  That said – it may not have the mobile device support. But more importantly, it solves a common problem for medium and small companies: you know how there are a lot of services that charge 1 price for a single account, and more money for a “multi-seat” premium offering, so you end-up sharing the account with co-workers? HootSuite for example – in social media. LinkedIn in recruiting.  Inevitably we end up sharing the more affordable basic account, and sharing a generic login/password across the whole  department. Not an ideal scenario for security.

And just like Okta, a user can setup the credentials for a new service one time, and then share services with the appropriate team members, without having to exposure the login credentials. And of course they can revoke access whenever needed.

Interestingly, if services like Meldium start gaining traction, it’s going to turn a lot of SAAS companies’ pricing models on their head. Multi-seat accounts have long been a good way of up-selling customers and extracting more profit. And as companies start getting wise to this, they may try to bloc Meldium. It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out.

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