About Show #251
Richard talks to Sean Deuby about Simple Cloud Identity Management (SCIM). SCIM is an evolving standard for simplifying federation of identity authentication and account information using common web-based protocols like REST and SAML. Sean talks about how services like Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) works fine for a handful of major cloud applications, but becomes a problem when the number of applications grows. SCIM looks to address this by simplifying the provisioning of identity services. You can read more about SCIM at http://www.simplecloud.info/ and Sean's article on SCIM at Windows IT Pro. Sean also mentions Ping Identity as a key driver behind SCIM and recommends watching a one hour webinar entitled SCIM: New Standard on the Block. It's early days for SCIM yet, but it's worth getting up to speed and asking your cloud vendors where their support for the standard is.
Sean Deuby, Technical Director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine, has over 25 years' experience in enterprise IT. He began his IT career running Texas Instruments' IBM VM systems, then helped design, deploy, and support TI's first Windows NT 3.5 worldwide infrastructure. He spent 10 years with Intel Corporation, where he was one of the architects of Intel's corporate Active Directory forest and the design engineer of the directory services team. A longtime Contributing Editor before joining the magazine, Sean has written many articles and a book on Windows Server and Active Directory, and speaks on these topics at conferences around the world. Microsoft has awarded Sean the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) distinction for directory services every year since 2004.