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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BYOID with WSO2 Identity Server

Enterprises grow today with acquisitions, mergers and partnerships. Integration between systems that were never designed to work together is harder.

Recently we integrated WSO2 App Factory with Codenvy - so you can use Codenvy as the cloud IDE for the projects created and managed in WSO2 App Factory. The integration was quite easy - as both the sides supported OAuth. Codenvy could act as an OAuth client, while WSO2 App Factory, as the OAuth authorization server. With this, Codenvy let WSO2 App Factory users to use their own identities from WSO2 domain and log in.

Life is not easy as this always.

We have also met customers who had the requirements of integrating heterogenous identity management systems together. Once the company Foo created a partnership with the company Bar, the Bar users coming from its own user store should be able to access the applications hosted in company Foo. The challenge is, applications in company Foo, do not know how to talk to the user store in company Bar. Ideally we should let the users from company Bar to bring their own identities.

If we are to change either of the side - then, the cost is quite high. Enterprises today, are looking for solutions that could mediate heterogeneous identity protocols - that would permit 'Bring Your Own Identity (BYOID)'.

WSO2 Identity Server is capable of supporting BYOID with Chained Collaborative Federation (CCF) pattern.

Identity Server can mediate identities between OpenID, OAuth 1.0, OAuth 2.0, SAML 2.0 and OpenID Connect - and has an extensible architecture to extend to your custom needs.

Social login is also a key part in BYOID.

Most enterprises let customers and even the employees associate their social logins with the corporate credentials. In that way, they can bring the social identity, in to the enterprise.

WSO2 Identity Server, has the capability to support OpenID association with its released version (so you can integrate your Google account) and in the future releases we are planning to add seamless integration with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

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