Why use Identity Management Standards?

Why would an enterprise want to have standards support across all of their systems? There are many open standards for Identity and Access Management defined that can be implemented such as SPML for provisoning, SAML for federation, XACML for externalized authorization, Infocards, OpenID/Oauth for user-centric identity and IGF for identity governance.

Why would an enterprise want to have standards support across all of their systems?

A typical enterprise has software and technology from more than just one vendor. They have technology from Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, etc.

They need their identity management systems to support standards and integrate well with all of the 3rd party systems they have in the typical enterprise. Thus, when selecting a vendor’s Identity Management software you should ensure it has been designed to work seamlessly using standards and when standards are not there it works in an integrated fashion with other enterprise applications.

There are many open standards for Identity and Access Management defined that can be implemented such as SPML for provisoning, SAML for federation, XACML for externalized authorization, Infocards, OpenID/Oauth for user-centric identity and IGF for identity governance.

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