Friday, February 09, 2007


Rapattoni offers services to the real-estate industry. I had never heard of them until I saw them listed in Liberty Alliance's adoption pages. Rapattoni apparently uses PingFederate for SAML 2.0-based SSO between its various services.

I applaud the attempt (if not the result) to explain how SSO works. It's not often you see actual information (albeit confusing) in a press release.
This new SSO feature is based on the security industry standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) technology. This technology allows the customer to establish "trust" relationships between Web sites. Rapattoni's SSO program will create and send an attached SAML "file" along with a link that can be received by any complying vendor's Web site. This process allows the user to avoid the repeated logon. Further, once the user has gained access to a compliant remote site, they can move freely between Web sites.
Also included in the SAML file is all of the information required by the receiving site to perform a certain function properly.

Just when I thought I understood SAML.

Maybe they could next explain how agents are worth the egregious commissions they charge.

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