SSO comparison request from executive management (IAM David Bantz)
IAM David Bantz
dabantz at alaska.edu
Fri Dec 18 20:20:14 EST 2015
Thank you Mike!
On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM, Mike Schwartz <mike at gluu.org> wrote:
> Ping has 1,000 customers--and only a small handful of universities.
> Shibboleth is the most widely deployed SAML IDP on the planet. I think
> Shibboleth has more installations than Ping in the UK alone.
> Ping does not support multi-party federation metadata, and privacy
> protecting features were a secondary consideration. So in addition to its
> lower adoption rate, it has less features that universities need.
> SAML is stable. If you need OpenID Connect, there are many free open
> source alternatives (like the Gluu Server which integrates well with Shib).
> So buying expensive proprietary enterprise software should only be a last
> Open source software has been shown to have a lower defect rate than
> proprietary software. Here are just a few articles that show how moving
> from open source to proprietary software would be contrary to the current
> trend in both education, government and enterprise IT in general:
> Rise of Open Source
> Open source software gains traction in federal IT
> Embrace Open Source:
> Open Source Golden Age:
> Open Source Beats Proprietary Software
> Open Source marches into Enterprise
> Open Source in big companies
> Ping's $100M in VC funds gives them lots of budget to market. But it
> doesn't make them a profitable business. So long term, their business model
> is no more sure a thing than a strong community of dedicated individuals
> and instutions with a common goal.
> If your managment wants to shell out 1/4 million for enterprise software,
> perhaps they should re-direct those funds to the Shibboleth Foundation--I
> think they'll see a better return.
> Michael Schwartz
> Founder / CEO
> mike at gluu.org
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