OpenSSO, SSOCircle & Google Apps
By dr156914 on Dec 17, 2007
I've participated in some interesting discussions over the past few months on federating with popular SaaS applications such as Google, Dopplr, WordPress or Twitter. Federated SSO offers organizations some very nice options for integrating top SaaS applications to create a best of breed internal infrastructure for employees.
Organizations should not have to worry about hosting their own blog servers, wikis, and calendars when they can simply federate with best of breed offerings and secure the identity accessing them. Rather than having to choose one vendor they should be able to choose from a smörgåsbord of SaaS apps to construct the infrastructure that best meets their need.
A great example of this is SSOCircle, which has put together a federated relationship with Google Apps using OpenSSO (the code base from which Sun's Access Manager and Federation Manager are produced). Check out the screens below that show me signing up for SSOCircle and also generating a federated relationship with Google Apps. Very simple yet powerful example of federated SSO using SAML 2.0 single sign-on.