Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Birst Agile Business Analytics

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Birst Agile Business Analytics with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Birst Agile Business Analytics with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Birst Agile Business Analytics
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Birst Agile Business Analytics (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Birst Agile Business Analytics, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Birst Agile Business Analytics single-sign on enabled subscription

Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial here.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Birst Agile Business Analytics from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Birst Agile Business Analytics into Azure AD, you need to add Birst Agile Business Analytics from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Birst Agile Business Analytics from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Active Directory

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    Applications

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    Applications

  4. In the search box, type Birst Agile Business Analytics.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  5. In the results panel, select Birst Agile Business Analytics, and then click Add button to add the application.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Birst Agile Business Analytics based on a test user called "Britta Simon."

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Birst Agile Business Analytics is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Birst Agile Business Analytics needs to be established.

In Birst Agile Business Analytics, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Birst Agile Business Analytics, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configuring Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Creating an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Creating a Birst Agile Business Analytics test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Birst Agile Business Analytics that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assigning the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Testing Single Sign-On - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configuring Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Birst Agile Business Analytics application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Birst Agile Business Analytics, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Birst Agile Business Analytics application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. On the Birst Agile Business Analytics Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Configure Single Sign-On

    In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://login.bws.birst.com/SAMLSSO/Services.aspx?birst.idpid=TENANTIDPID

    The URL depends on the datacenter that your Birst account is located:

    • For US datacenter use following the pattern: https://login.bws.birst.com/SAMLSSO/Services.aspx?birst.idpid=TENANTIDPID

    • For Europe datacenter use the following pattern: https://login.eu1.birst.com/SAMLSSO/Services.aspx?birst.idpid=TENANTIDPID

      Note

      This value is not real. Update the value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Birst Agile Business Analytics Client support team to get the value.

  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Certificate (Base64) and then save the certificate file on your computer.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  6. On the Birst Agile Business Analytics Configuration section, click Configure Birst Agile Business Analytics to open Configure sign-on window. Copy the Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL from the Quick Reference section.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  7. To configure single sign-on on Birst Agile Business Analytics side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64), Sign-Out URL, SAML Entity ID, and SAML Single Sign-On Service URL to Birst Agile Business Analytics support team.

    Note

    Mention to Birst team that this integration needs SHA256 Algorithm (SHA1 will not be supported) so that they can set the SSO on the appropriate server like app2101 etc.

Tip

You can now read a concise version of these instructions inside the Azure portal, while you are setting up the app! After adding this app from the Active Directory > Enterprise Applications section, simply click the Single Sign-On tab and access the embedded documentation through the Configuration section at the bottom. You can read more about the embedded documentation feature here: Azure AD embedded documentation

Creating an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create Azure AD User

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation pane, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups and click All users.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  3. To open the User dialog, click Add on the top of the dialog.

    Creating an Azure AD test user

  4. On the User dialog page, perform the following steps:

    Creating an Azure AD test user

    a. In the Name textbox, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name textbox, type the email address of BrittaSimon.

    c. Select Show Password and write down the value of the Password.

    d. Click Create.

Creating a Birst Agile Business Analytics test user

The objective of this section is to create a user called Britta Simon in Birst Agile Business Analytics. Work with Birst Agile Business Analytics support team to add the users in the Birst account.

Assigning the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Birst Agile Business Analytics.

Assign User

To assign Britta Simon to Birst Agile Business Analytics, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Birst Agile Business Analytics.

    Configure Single Sign-On

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    Assign User

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    Assign User

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Testing single sign-on

The objective of this section is to test your Azure AD SSO configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Birst Agile Business Analytics tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Birst Agile Business Analytics application.

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