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SSO & Provisioning to Safesforce & Google – Announcing PingFederate 5.2

September 09, 2008 By: Andre Category: Life

We announced PingFederate 5.2 today, which adds SaaS provisioning for Salesforce and Google Apps. You can download it now from Ping Identity’s website.

We also released two new SaaS Connectors, which streamline integration of PingFederate SSO and Provisioning for Salesforce and Google. These are also available for immediate download and use with PingFederate 5.2.

Salesforce.com Connector v3.1 (formerly the Salesforce.com Integration Kit)
Google Apps Connector v 1.0 are both now available for download.

What’s New in PF 5.2?

The newest version of PingFederate provides the foundation for allowing Enterprises to automate and secure their connections to SaaS vendors; including streamlined configuration for establishing the connection, provisioning (and de-provisioning) of user accounts to the service, and monitoring of provisioning transactions.

PingFederate’s SaaS Connectors provide vendor specific connectivity between PingFederate and the SaaS, including pre-populated connection settings, an interface to proprietary SSO mechanisms, an interface to proprietary provisioning APIs and pre-populated mapping of provisioning attributes.

SaaS Provisioning: With PingFederate 5.2, you can easily synchronize accounts between your existing corporate directory (Active Directory, SunOne or Generic LDAP) and your SaaS vendor. PingFederate initially creates user accounts in the SaaS directory and then continues to monitor your existing corporate directory for modifications and deletions.

Monitoring of Provisioning Transactions: To enable auditing of accounts that are being provisioned to the SaaS vendor, PingFederate 5.2 expands the JMX Monitoring capabilities to including monitoring of provisioning transactions. A standard JMX console can be used to monitor the specifics of each provisioning event including source user id, target user id, whether the transaction is create/enable, update or delete/disable, the timestamp and success/failure of the transaction

SaaS Connectors

PingFederate SaaS Connectors provide all of information and interfaces required to connect to your SaaS vendor. In conjunction with PingFederate 5.2, we are releasing Salesforce.com Connector (formerly the Salesforce Integration Kit) version 3.1 and Google Apps Connector version 1.0. You must upgrade to PingFederate 5.2 for these new capabilities.

Salesforce.com Connector

The Salesforce Connector provides your users the ability to connect to Salesforce via several access methods including:

• Traditional desktop browsers
• Mobile device browsers
• Remote users not already logged onto their corporate network
• Salesforce Connect for Microsoft Outlook
• Emailed report URLs (new with this release)

In addition, the Salesforce Connector enables a quick configuration template specifically for Salesforce connections and the SaaS provisioning interface for provisioning (and de-provisioning) your Salesforce user accounts. Quick Connection Templates pre-populate many of the configuration parameters required for SSO and provisioning to a SaaS vendor.

Google Apps Connector

The Google Apps Connector enables a quick configuration template specifically for Google Apps connections and the SaaS provisioning interface for provisioning (and de-provisioning) your Google Apps accounts. Quick Connection Templates pre-populate many of the configuration parameters required for SSO and provisioning to a SaaS vendor.

For a complete list of the changes to this release, please refer to the PingFederate version 5.2 release notes included in the download.

Big stuff coming

September 04, 2008 By: Andre Category: Life

I’m really proud of my entire team at Ping. They are professional, efficient and just damn good at what they do. We’ve always had a blistering pace in engineering, putting out major releases about once every 4 months. But the current release (the one we’ll announce next week at Digital ID World) was simply mind-boggling in terms of how much work had to get done in such a short amount of time.

Stay tuned, as this is the first step towards us taking federated identity in a new direction. It’s always been a part of our vision, it just took some time to lay the foundation.