I find the results for the third question most interesting
3. How many identity-based federated relationships do you have?
21 and 27 respondents have more than 10 federation partners, when acting as an SP and IDP respectively. So much for small deployments with limited numbers of partners.A. As a Service Provider / Relying Party? a. One 7 b. Two to Ten 42 c. More than Ten 21B. As an Identity Provider? a. One 11 b. Two to Ten 34 c. More than Ten 27
It would be interesting to see how many OPs participated in the survey as that could skew the 'as an Identity Provider' number. Regardless, it's the comparably high 'as a Service Provider' value that indicates federation is passing the ultimate test.
One aspect of Question 4 confuses me. What does it mean to have a 'federation operator' when the federation topology is 'bilateral/explicit'? What value does the federation operator provide when agreements are bilateral? Legal templates? Dispute resolution?