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 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.