Atlassian's Crowd is a software application installed by the system administrator. The administrator will also connect one or more of your organisation's applications to Crowd. When you log in to a Crowd-connected application, Crowd will verify your password and login permissions.
Using Crowd for single sign-on (SSO), each person needs only one username and password to access all web applications. You can host your own OpenID provider to include external applications.
- You only need to log in once, to Crowd or a Crowd-connected application. When you start another Crowd-connected application, you will be logged in automatically.
- When you log out of Crowd or one of the Crowd-connected applications, you will be logged out of Crowd and the other application(s) at the same time.
Crowd also manages the information held about you as a user of other software applications:
- Your login permissions to various applications.
- The password you use to log in to those applications.
- The groups and roles you belong to, which are used by the applications to decide which functions you can perform within the applications.
- The user directories which hold your information.