Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

Hitching Federation to the collaboration train

Check out the blog below from Eric Norlin of Digital ID World.

Hitching Federation to the collaboration train

I couldn't agree with him more. If we only talk about security when it comes to federation we forget one of the most compelling aspects of the opportunity -- collaboration. Today, collaboration stacks limit flexibility because of dependencies on vendors software infrastructure. For example, you can't deploy IBM's Lotus Connections without the use of IBM Websphere or Microsoft Sharepoint without the use of Microsoft Windows Server System. These types of collaboration stacks place unnecessary infrastructure requirements on the customer.

Federation has the ability to free us of the burden of stack requirements and allow users to pick and choose those collaboration services that best fit their needs. In short, I should be able to easily leverage federation to create a "custom collaboration suite" comprised of those SaaS services that best meet my needs. I should also be able to enable these service regardless of what containers and OS platforms I have deployed.

Why use Lotus connections calendar service when I can use Google Calendar? Why use use IBMs blogging service, when I can use Wordpress? Let the end user choose the collabortion tools that best fit their needs and let's avoid creating a monolithic collaboration stack that is weighted down with infrastructure dependencies.

Peace out!

Monday Dec 31, 2007

FAMTALK . . . Check it out!

The Sales Engineering team and Product Engineering team at Sun recently launched a monthly podcast about Federated Access Manager (the next release of Access Manager and Federation Manager). It's a great source to get a deep understanding of the product and it's breadth of capabilities.

You can . . .

1. Listen at www.famtalk.org

2. Subscribe at iTunes . . .

3. Subscribe to the RSS feed

A big thanks to Terry, Tim, Pat and Steve for pulling this together. It's outstanding!

Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

Sun Beats Other Vendors in Liberty's SAML 2.0 Interop

Liberty Alliance just announced the results of their SAML 2.0 interoperability. Sun had the most comprehensive coverage of any vendor participating. Check out the results . . .

Monday Dec 17, 2007

OpenSSO, SSOCircle & Google Apps

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.

1. I go to SSOCircle and click the Login button on the left hand side of the screen. (Note the beautiful OpenSSO logo prominently displayed on the page.)





2. I enter my SSOCircle credentials and click Log In.





3. I'm now logged in to SSOCircle and you can view my google apps email, which is an ssocircle.com email address.





4. I click the ssocircle email link and it logs me in directly to Google Apps, Google Docs or Google Calendar. Note the SSOCircle email address. Pretty funky.

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