PingFederate provides cross-domain user provisioning and account management. User provisioning is an important aspect of identity federation. Often when organizations enable SSO for their users, they must ensure that some form of account synchronization is in place. Automated user provisioning features within PingFederate free administrators from having to devise a manual strategy for this.
Provisioning support takes different forms, depending on what role PingFederate plays in an identity federation, and may be configured either in conjunction with partner SSO connections or separately:
- At an IdP site, you can automatically provision and maintain user accounts at
service-provider sites that have implemented the System for Cross-domain Identity
Management (SCIM), or at selected SaaS providers (see the next section, Outbound provisioning for IdPs).
For information about SCIM, please refer to www.simplecloud.info.
- When PingFederate is configured as an SP, you can provision and manage user accounts and groups for your own organization automatically, by using the standard SCIM protocol or by using identity information received during SSO events from SAML assertions (see Provisioning for SPs).