By superpat on Mar 07, 2008
If you've taken a look at federated identity, but become bogged down in acronyms (SSO, SP, SAML???) and jargon (why do I need an identity provider? I already have an identity), then you'll be happy to read identity diva Eve Maler's recent article on the topic - Federated Identity Through the Eyes of the Deployer. Eve and regular SDN identity writer Marina Sum walk you through the basics of federated identity - what it is, why you might want it and what questions to ask as you architect a federated identity system.
If you're wondering about the illustration - Eve is an authority on matters XML, being instrumental in the creation of XML and related standards such as SAML - in fact, you can blame Eve for some of those acronyms