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By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-05-09 Print this article Print

Sample RFP: Federated ID products
  • Describe federated identity from the point of view of product implementation. (Look for a coherent description of application access.)
  • What are the major implementation milestones?
  • Can the product be upgraded to a higher-end platform? If so, what are the upgrade milestones?
  • What federated identity protocols are supported by the product?
  • Is the product a hardware appliance or software-only? Is there a choice?
  • What portals does the product work with?
  • What directories does the product work with?
  • How is directory metadata exchanged with the partner identity system?
  • How much does each connection license cost?
  • Describe how the product updates user information to maintain current and correct knowledge of: a) allowed users b) disallowed users c) expired users
  • Can the system maintain log files that comply with currently mandated state and/or federal regulations regarding user access to application data?
    Source: eWEEK Labs
    Next page: Evaluation Shortlist: Related Products.

    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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