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Evaluation Criteria for Federation Technology

Published: 22 April 2013

ID: G00250194

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Organizations evaluating federation solutions require a complete list of criteria to objectively assess and compare products. Federation technology is rapidly evolving. This document identifies a forward-looking list of criteria to be considered when adopting an enterprise-grade federation solution.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Evaluation Criteria

  • Core Functionality and Architecture
  • Systems Supported for Inbound Federation
  • Repositories of Identity Supported for Outbound Federation
  • Identity Standards
  • OAuth and Restful APIs
  • User Management and Provisioning
  • Policy Administration
  • Other Identity Management (Nonfederation) Services
  • Authentication Methods for Administration of the Federation Software/Service
  • End-User Authentication Methods
  • Client Access Methods
  • System Integration and Mobile Devices
  • Operations Management Approaches

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