By Frederic Pariente on Nov 19, 2009
Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) is an XML-based standard, developed by the OASIS
consortium, for exchanging user, resource and service provisioning
information. SPML came in response to the need of unifying and
automating the management of user accounts and rights inside a
corporation. Indeed, with the multiplication of IT systems --logistics,
accounting, customer management, human resources, you name it-- inside
the companies we work for, the old (manual) ways of dealing with users
--Dear Admin, please create account for new employee... Dear Admin,
please give me access right for the folder/document... who doesn't
remember writing one of these emails?-- could not keep up, responsible for
too much incorrect data, leading to information
leaks and productivity loss.
Today in its version 2.0 --version 1.0 had limited number of operations, limited scheme for user information and simpler using/integrating--, SPML has enabled the software industry to develop interoperable solutions of identity management, for the various IT systems themself to communicate and propagate changes in user information and rights. Examples of commercial solutions that are SPML-compliant include Sun Identity Manager and Oracle Identity Manager. We believe that it is essential that Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) applications today support advanced identity management operations beyond single sign-on --on that topic, check out this OpenSSO integration work.
Based in Moscow, 1C is a leading Russian software vendor, with 1M+ customers for their ERM software suite 1C:Enterprise and 18.7% market share in the Russia ERM market --making it the top #2 vendor in 2008 per a recent IDC study. 1C is particularly known as the maker of the most popular enterprise accounting system 1C:Accounting sold in the CIS region; about every company in Russia runs a copy of that software, I have been told. With such a large installed base, 1C has evolved to become the center of a large ecosystem and network of 5000+ partner integrators, resellers and software vendors. Some of which being Sun Microsystems partners as well…