Gartner Research

Understanding Modern Federation Trends and Their Influence on Identity and Access Architecture

Published: 28 June 2013

ID: G00251840

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


SaaS, mobile, social identities, IDaaS and fragmentation of enterprise domains are driving federation's new challenges. Federation architecture is adapting rapidly to meet these needs. This document will help organizations understand and navigate the current trends.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • The Five Key Patterns That Drive Federation Evolution
    • 1. The Movement of Applications Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • 2. The Movement of User Populations Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • 3. The Movement of Devices Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • 4. The Movement of IAM Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • 5. The Movement of the Enterprise Domain Itself
  • What the Five Key Patterns Mean to Identity Teams
  • Trends and Architectural Impacts
    • Vendors Continue to Add Federation Capabilities to IAM Products and Suites
    • Federation Technology Is Becoming More Central to IAM Architecture
    • The Lines Between Federation and Some Other IAM Categories Are Blurring
    • The Growth in Web Applications and Mobile Devices Is Driving the Adoption of RESTful Bindings
    • Federation Standards Are Evolving
    • The Speed at Which Vendors Adopt Standards Varies
    • STSs Are Now a Core Federation Component
    • Reusable Social Identities Are Now Commonplace
    • Trust Gaps Remain
    • Adaptive Access Control Is Inching Its Way Into the Mainstream
    • Federated Authorization Requirements Are Driving the Use of ABAC and XACML
    • SaaS Is Driving the Development of SCIM
    • IDaaS Options Are Growing
    • There Is a Federation Connector War
    • A Cloud-Only Strategy Is Rarely the Norm
  • Federation Deployment Modes
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Recommendations for Organizations
  • Recommendations for Vendors

The Details

  • Perspectives on Evaluated Federation Offerings

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