April 2012 Archives

The SCIM crew descended on Paris two weeks ago for the IETF 83 meeting. We kicked it off by testing the interoperability of our SCIM implementations for the second time. (IIW last fall was the first.) We paired up about a half dozen clients with roughly the same number of servers, and ran them through two dozen use cases. Participants were there from BCPSOFT, Courion, Gluu, Nexus, SailPoint, Salesforce, UnboundID, WSO2, and I was there testing Ping's new on-demand cloud identity management service, PingOne. It was a great time, and the results were very positive.

tower.jpgThe next morning was the Birds of a Feather (BoF). Trey Drake of UnboundID and Morteza Ansari of Cisco WebEx gave an overview of SCIM 1.0, and talked through the proposed charter of an IETF Working Group (WG) that would define the next version of the protocol. I have never participated in the formation of a WG before, so the process was unfamiliar to me. I was expecting the WG to be formed on the spot, but, apparently, that's not the way it works. Instead, BoF attendees raise issues that are ironed out on the mailing list. After the issues are addressed, an IETF Area Director (AD) will decide if the WG should be formed, who should chair it, etc. This will take about 2 to 3 months, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, some of us will be chatting at EIC on a panel about SCIM, we'll be doing more interop testing at IIW 14 (or nearby), and we'll be discussing stuff on the new IETF mailing list. So, come join the growing SCIM community in Munich, San Francisco, or in cyberspace :-)