The SharePoint 2013 People Picker is the tool you use to find and select users, groups and claims to grant someone a permission to a site in SharePoint. The SharePoint 2013 People Picker is heavily dependent on how authentication is configured for your site so you need to ensure your SAML or claim provider is intelligent.
All claim providers created equally!
Today the most common issue SharePoint administrators find with an authentication claim provider is that any name you type in the People Picker, SharePoint will accept. Even worse, with a typical claims provider you can type nonsense and you will see two results, neither of them valid!
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This is not because the SharePoint People Picker needs to be fixed, it's working as designed, it is a result of the claim provider.
The EmpowerID SharePoint Manager solves this problem, we have created the most intelligent claim provider in the market today. In doing so we set out to do 4 things which will have a huge impact on the day to day operations of your SharePoint site.
1. Create the most intelligent claim provider in the world. We didn't stop at providing intelligent responses to the query, we also segregate the data so that delegated administrators can only view results for data that they can see. This is a very important point, if a business partner administrator wants to grant someone rights to a site the EmpowerID data filtering and masking is still maintained.
2. Provide SharePoint "web parts". This is technology that allows users to find new sites and request access to it. It also allows site administrators to approve site access, all directly within SharePoint.
3. Fully support federated or claims based authentication into SharePoint. Users can authenticate with EmpowerID, bring their own social identity or use another.
4. Answer the "Why" question. Why does someone have access and when was it granted? The other side a SharePoint claim provider is tracking these finer details. EmpowerID includes full certification and attestation for SharePoint access, this provides your enterprise with a host of risk controls not previously available.
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