Gartner Research

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

Published: 08 January 2015

ID: G00268295

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Cloud (SaaS and IDaaS), mobile, social and the increase in cross-domain access driven by the API economy are creating challenges for federated SSO architecture. This research helps organizations understand and navigate the current trends and provides summaries of federation IAM vendor solutions.

Table Of Contents


  • The Five Key Patterns That Drive Federation Evolution
    • The Movement of Applications Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • The Movement of User Populations Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • The Movement of Devices Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • The Movement of IAM Out of the Enterprise Domain
    • The Movement and Segmentation of the Enterprise Domain Itself
  • What the Five Key Patterns Mean to Architects and Implementation Teams
  • Trends and Architectural Impacts
    • Feature Packaging
    • Standards
    • Levels of Trust
    • Deployment Options
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Recommendations for Organizations
  • Recommendations for Vendors and SaaS Providers

The Details

  • Perspectives on Federation Offerings Evaluated

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