As SaaS evolves one of the foremost consideration is to abstract identity and provisioning. Today’s market is dominated by PingIdentity. PingIdentity offer a container wrapped around with connectors which can move across on-premise (or) public ally hosted in PaaS. We truly need a way in which all the hastles of SAML, SSO federation setup and administration are removed and businesses can focus on a single click consumption of identity in cloud as a service.
This provides SaaS vendors to focus on building and creating core business artifact to serve their customers and leveraging the rest of the services from cloud.
For instance to name a few, the following are the cloud services available.
- Identity provider (PingIdentity, onelogin, symplifiedIT, Intel 360…and several others)
- iron.io for messaging
- cloud passage (security)
- Notification (SMS….)
- IT functions like (CRM from Sugar CRM, Salesforce,Workday, Successfactor, Webex, ….)
- Loggly (logging)
- Data APIs (includes social) – from programmableweb
With the above in context and gartner says “Rehost – we are probably on the rehost phase” where enterprises try and move to PaaS, and as business evolve “Refactor” would commence to better integrate with other SaaS services available.
- I truly believe an open source cloud identity followed by user provisioning is a good starting point, which can follow through to realize a SaaS Infrastructure platform.
- In my subsequent blogs I will discuss some of the learnings we did to build a ruby on rails portal,
- Setting up of an open source Identity provider using openam in amazon. openam is truly an amazing product from erstwhile sun microsystems (opensso).
- Review of the Openam book by Indira
- Our next steps and the journey for this year.