EAA as the SAML identity provider
In Enterprise Application Access (EAA) you can use a third-party SAML identity provider (IdP) or EAA as the SAML IdP to authenticate access to your applications. When you configure Akamai as the provider type for an IdP, you grant EAA permission to communicate with the native application directly as the SAML IdP source. This means that with SAML IdP provided by EAA, EAA is the identity provider (IdP). When you add a SAML, or SaaS, application to EAA, the application is the service provider (SP). When an IdP such as EAA and a SP such as a SaaS application both implement SAML, they are able to seamlessly authenticate accredited users associated with the IdP to use the SP.
In order for EAA applications to allow EAA as the IdP to authenticate, the application needs information about the user. This information is known as User Attributes. EAA is able to authenticate users of the applications from their credentials in the EAA Cloud Directory or the Active Directory (AD) as it is synced with the EAA Management Portal.