The age of the monolithic organization has passed. Most
organizations have integrated partners, suppliers, and customers
into their business processes. These "federated" organizations
must have appropriate access to your critical business information
and processes. The WSA is designed for federated identity management.
The WSA allows you to partition resources for the exclusive
or shared use of federated partners. You may assign some or all
of the administration of these federated resources to your partners,
suppliers, or customers. With the WSA it is simple for you to control
which of your resources are federated and for your partners to control
who is allowed to access the federated resources. Depending on your
partners' business needs, they can even further partition the resources
for fine-grain access control.
WSA federated identity management can be implemented
through a single WSA. However when each federated entity has its
own WSA, the administrators have even greater control on federated
Each organization can securely carve out resources
that can be shared by other organizations. A single web site
can host federated and private resources. Independent federated
partners can be confidently hosted on a single site.
The administration of federated resources depends
on the needs of your business. The WSA allows the hosting organization
to control access to some resources and the federated organizations
to control others.
Delegating user administration to the federated
organization increases management responsiveness, as well as
removing your organization from the liability loop.