Mobile Operator Federation/Web Services Use Cases

My principal role, since I turned away from the ‘dark side’ of marketing and moved back into engineering, is technical architect for federation standards on Sun’s JavaTM System Access Manager product. This means I get to work with some great technology and, more importantly, some great people. One such person is Fulup Ar Foll; Fulup is another techie, a Breton, and the goto guy for mobile federation/web services.

Fulup and I recently contributed to a joint Nokia/Sun whitepaper on identity federation and web services. The domain is mobile operators, but the paper covers a number of variations on the basic Liberty ‘circle of trust’/’identity provider’/’service provider’ model that can apply to any industry. It’s pretty technical, but essential reading if you want to understand the future of mobile services.

Shameless Self Promotion

Last year, Pirasenna Velandai Thiyagarajan (Piras to his friends) and I co-presented a webinar titled ‘Federated Identity, Access Control, and Single Sign-On’. The webinar covered

  • – the basics of single sign-on and access control in the enterprise
  • – a simple example of SAML cross domain single sign on, with code samples
  • – a more complex example of identity aware web services using the Liberty Web Services Framework (WSF)

If you’re wondering what I sound like, click the link above to find out.

Piras and I later teamed up with Marina Sum to write a technical article on the same topic.

These are great resources for anyone getting to grips with SSO and federation – but then, I would say that, wouldn’t I 🙂

Look out for another technical article later this year, showing step-by-step how WSF can identity-enable a simple web service.