Deploying Mobile Web Services using Liberty Alliance’s Identity Web Services Framework (ID-WSF)
Identity, mobility and web services: the challenges at hand
Identity is at the core of any high-value relationship between a company and its employees, its customers and its business partners. Secure management of these identities is a critical activity that can be used to increase effi ciencies, enhanced security and provide for new revenue opportunities. Optimized identity management also allows for more effective delivery of web services.
Web services make it possible for software written in a variety of languages and deployed on a wide range of platforms, from mobile devices and laptops to corporate servers, to interact seamlessly. These services provide a vehicle for the discovery and exchange of key user attributes needed to perform a transaction, such as physical location, device type, access rights, or billing information. Standards-based web services protocols allow applications to concentrate on service value rather than on communications transport. This increased focus on “service” is also referred to as a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).