Gartner Research

Federated Identity

Published: 09 December 2010

ID: G00206782

Analyst(s): Bob Blakley


How should organizations exchange identity information across domains to support real-time sessions or transactions?

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Increase User Convenience
    • Minimize Costs
    • Enable New Business Opportunities and Applications
    • Integrate with Applications or Partners
    • Mitigate Risks
    • Compliance
    • Existing Applications
    • Organizational Structures
    • Business Partner Capabilities
  • Principles


  • Internal vs. External Federation
  • Identified vs. Unidentified Users
    • Personal Identifiers
    • Pseudonymous Identifiers
    • Anonymous Access
  • Attribute Choices
    • Authentication Only
    • Name Mapping (Account Linking)
    • Authorization and Attribution
  • Operational Security Choices
  • Federation Topology Choices
  • Trust Relationship Choices
  • Standards Choices
    • SAML
    • WS-Security
    • Liberty Alliance Identity Web Services Framework
    • WS-*
    • Shibboleth
    • Public-Key Infrastructure and Federation
    • Policy Languages and Metadata
    • Profiles, Extensions, and Proprietary Federations

Future Developments

  • Federated Provisioning
  • Trust Frameworks
  • Identity Networks
  • Evolving Regulations
  • User-Centric Federation
  • Evolving Standards

Decision Tool

  • Decision Filter
    • Identity Production and Consumption
    • Federation Topology
    • User Identification
    • Operational Security
    • Trust Relationships
    • Attributes
    • Compliance
    • Standards

Revision History

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