shibboleth vs those "other" idps

Cantor, Scott cantor.2 at
Thu May 14 17:02:57 EDT 2015

On 5/14/15, 4:32 PM, "Rob Gorrell" <rwgorrel at> wrote:
>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.

It's hard to be all things, unfortunately, and I work in a big place that needs big things.

> 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.

Aside from customizability, which is just not relevant to a shop like that, the main feature is also not one that has materialized all that well, and that's federation at scale. The campus to campus use cases just haven't emerged, and the cloud services are simply not federated, they're multi-tenanted, which is a totally different problem that tolerates a totally different solution.

-- Scott

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