...and money! I've been very excited about PingID since I got involved with them earlier this year. Andre Durand has put together a great team and vision, and shown exceptional industry leadership in an important and emerging space -- federated identity networks. PingID is not a software company, but a new kind of company that weaves software, managed web services, and business policy into a network model for identity interchange. Federated identity networks are about putting together company to company relationships over the Internet, and enabling the users of these companies to easily flow between applications -- it underlies the build-out that is happening around web services, and the resurgence of e-commerce as a significant, long-term business model. PingID is:
- Providing a multi-protocol, open standards based Federation Gateway that's available as both open source and commercial software, supporting Liberty, SAML and WS-Federation
- Providing a network model which guarantees quality and limits risk and liability associated with cross-domain identity interchange, modelled on the governance and legal structures of Visa and the ATM networks of the past
- Delivering a suite of managed web services that help federations operate and stay compliant with legal frameworks established by their network
It's a great time to be laying the foundations for the next-generation Internet, and federated identity promises to play a crucial role. Congrats to Andre and team, and look forward to working with you!