Thursday Jul 03, 2008

Salesforce Supports SAML--Standards Matter

Salesforce.com announced recently that they will support SAML in their product.  You can read their blog post here.  This is great news for companies that have a Web Access Management solution like OpenSSO that has comprehensive support of the SAML standards.  As more companies use companies like Salesforce.com to provide critical CRM functionality for their enterprise (Fortune 500 or SMB's) they can leverage their Single-Sign-On infrastructure to appropriately.  Why does this matter?

This announcement is important because it allows an enterprise to provide Single-Sign-On with important vendors like Salesforce.com.  It also allows enterprises to control which attributes it passes to these important vendors without sending their username or password via the internet to the partner.  This allows the enterprise to remain agile and pick vendors that provide competitive advantages like in the case of Saleforce or SugarCRM.  Most importantly, as relationships change more quickly this standards approach make changing and switching vendors when necessary for business reasons easier.  This allows IT to be an enabler of strategic relationships rather than a blocker in the enterprise. 

Standards matter!

Thursday Jun 19, 2008

Interoperability---Project Concordia and Oasis adds SAML

As Federated Identity starts to take off in the Web Access Management market segment, there are a number of standards bodies that you need to stay in touch.  Of course, the manadatory OASIS and Liberty.org projects are great.  I am specifically impressed with the standards validation that the Drummond Group did on behalf of Liberty Alliance Project.  See the full report here.


Additionally, Eve Maler--XML Girl--facilitates a project called Concordia.  This project is focused on driving interoperability between the differrent standards bodies.  This built out of a passion and tremendous experience that Eve brings to the table as she has worked on behalf of Sun within the Microsoft partnership on interoperability.  There is some great work that has come out of that and you can read about it on Eve's Blog here.

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