To compete in today's global economy, organizations have deployed Content Management Systems (CMS) like SharePoint, e-commerce software such as Magento, and other e-business and IT systems from numerous vendors like SAP, Adobe, and Microsoft. All of these run on Linux, Windows, and other operating systems. Each store user account and profile data in various repositories, including Active Directory (AD), LDAP directories, and in Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) like those from Oracle and IBM. Overcoming the challenge of making all these disparate software systems work together can mean the difference between success and failure, but the challenge of providing high speed access to actionable information and account data is daunting. The problem is exacerbated when you also consider the deployment of cloud services, social applications, and mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, Android tablets, and Blackberries. As Gartner says, for these to work in tandem with new cloud IT systems, many needed "identity services can be addressed (for example, access management and verification), [but] the administrative elements (for example, audit and user provisioning) are in an earlier state of evolution for cloud computing."
To address this need, we have been working with our partners, Ping Identity, UnboundID, and others like Salesforce.com and Cisco to define a new cloud-friendly provisioning standard known as System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) or, as it used to be referred to as, Simple Cloud Identity Management. This RESTful protocol provides the means to provision, de-provision, and synchronize big identity data from on-premises systems to cloud applications. By doing this, cloud-based services can be enveloped in existing IT processes and controlled just like other parts of an organization's IT infrastructure. While this standard is still being ratified in the IETF, the progress has been fast paced. Even now, Ping Identity, UnboundID and others have products in the market that support it, making it possible to use Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software to shorten the Time to Value (TtV) for new cloud and mobile applications.
To learn more about this emerging standard and how we are helping organizations solve these challenges, have a look through the attached slide deck which provides an introduction to SCIM and contact us if you have questions.