Jabber & PingID. Well, 15 months after starting PingID, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to connect my past with the future. In this phase of the Jabber/PingID relationship, we've integrated Ping's first product (SourceID – www.sourceid.org) into the Jabber's eXtensible Communications Platform (this integration is being demo'd this week at the RSA conference in SF). The integration enables Jabber to 'federate' it's identity & authentication system via the Liberty Alliance Phase I specifications.
What does this actually mean? Well, for starters, it means that Jabber customers will now be able to single sign-on to Jabber (even between companies), or launch a Jabber client from a web page without having to re-authenticate one-self when the Jabber client is launched. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! As the Liberty Alliance specifications progress into Phase II, both the number and power of the identity related applications surrounding identity federation will explode — and the opportunities for our two companies to collaborate will also significantly increase. –– Andre Durand [Marc's Voice]