Software development is an iterative process; it is equal parts innovation, experimentation, listening and testing. The sum of those efforts hopefully equals progress.
In this process, customer feedback and success are indeed powerful barometers. Evaluations from those who examine the landscape of possibilities, and note significant advancement and accomplishment, also provide a validating metric to measure progress.
Recently that validation of progress was highlighted for Ping Identity.
We earned a top position in Forrester Research's Wave ranking among the most accomplished identity and access management vendors in the market today.
It took a certain depth of functionality even to be considered for review, and we know our work over the past 12-14 months and our strategic direction tipped the scales.
Most notable is Ping's offering of identity and access capabilities built entirely on an identity federation architecture. This lets customers easily administer user accounts and their access to applications and services. These services can be internal or external to an organization; accessed via web browser, mobile app or API; or managed on-premises or in the cloud.
Those capabilities are provided as a platform of services and products consisting of on-premises components delivered in PingFederate, and on-demand via PingOne, which includes Cloud Desktop, a client portal that provides end-users with one-click access to all their applications.
Unlike a lot of other vendors in the Wave, Ping's offering wasn't built through acquisitions but from the ground up, based on proven standards and internet-scale architectures for the next generation of IAM services and applications.
The Forrester evaluation criteria examined a whole host of traditional and emerging capabilities. Everything from Web Single Sign-on, user account provisioning, attestation and role management, federated access management to mobile and API security. It also included criteria such as future plans, staffing levels, pricing/revenue, installed base, customer satisfaction and partner relationships.
Some of the highlighted features that are core to Ping's platform are the same ones that helped Ping gain recognition.
They include Token Authorization, which provides a unique approach to administering and enforcing access policies for browser, mobile and API access to services and resources based on a user's identity and context.
The Ping Identity platform also includes Adaptive Federation, used to combine authentication rules and chains of authentication methods to customize user access. In addition, Ping offers more than 80 integrations kits to enable any app or identity store without the need for coding.
And of course, we continued to pump up standards support - OAuth and OpenID Connect to bolster efforts to secure API access and mobile environments, including browser-based and native mobile applications. And we include support for the System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM), a bi-directional user-provisioning tool that lets identities securely move about the cloud infrastructure instead of being tethered to a single repository.
Suffice it to say, it has been a lot of really great work by a dedicated team of people across Ping and our partners that has made Ping successful and allowed us to be recognized among the top ranks of identity and access management vendors.
A complimentary copy of "The Forrester Wave™: Identity And Access Management Suites, Q3 2013," is available here.