shibboleth vs those "other" idps

Rob Gorrell rwgorrel at
Thu May 14 16:32:18 EDT 2015

> Shibboleth is the defacto standard for an open source implementation of
> SAML and has an excellent history.

No doubt here, I understand that and fully agree. However, I'm wondering
about arguments that work mid-small University shops where that culture
hasn't yet been understood or embraced benefits of open source? Where
resources are more limited to a single position or a fraction of a position
supporting IdM and SSO. That is more where I find myself. Sadly speaking,
business mindsets and corporate efficiencies are many times drawn to
proprietary solutions making the conceptual bigger picture tougher to see.
Which is why my question was more focused on short term, obvious,
feature-type comparisons as an initial means of exposing the larger ideals
which I completely get.


Robert W. Gorrell
Systems Architect, Identity and Access Management
University of NC at Greensboro
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