Identifying Patterns of Federation Adoption
“I don’t see that [federation identity] happening this year, I don’t see it happening next year or the year after that--that leaves 2009, and I’ll leave that one open... There are a lot of issues, but basically it boils down to trust and antitrust.” [PennO6]. Despite this pessimism, federation technology and models are being deployed and are in production now, only not in those areas that they were originally expected. In this paper, we describe several adoption patterns that we have observed and the characteristics that have driven these deployments. Existing business relationships between companies are often strong enough to support federated relationships and are being used as the foundation of present-day federated identity deployments.
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- [PennO6] Penn, Jonathan: Principal Analyst for Security and Identity with Forrester Research, http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/141, 2006-02-16