SCIM contains three main components, as with a number of the federation protocols, the terminology can be slightly confusing so we describe the components below:

  • Service Provider The provider of the identity information (in a traditional enterprise scenario, the SCIM Service Provider is most likely the same as the SAML Identity Provider). For a majority of this guide we will use the PingOne Directory as an example of a SCIM Service Provider.
  • SCIM Consumer The application or service that will consume the SCIM data. For example in a federated provisioning scenario, the SCIM Consumer will be the 3rd party receiving the identity information.
  • Resource The object (i.e. a User or a Group) that the SCIM request is being performed on.