SAP NetWeaver Identity Management 7.1 Support Package stack 5 is now available for download. In this blog, I will focus on how you can benefit from the following main two SP stack 5 enhancements:
- Identity Provider (IDP) for standards-based authentication and single sign-on via SAML 2.0
- Identity Reporting with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW)
SAML 2.0 Identity Provider
SAP NetWeaver IDM 7.1 SP stack 5 now provides a Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 identity provider for standards-based authentication and single sign-on. This identity provider offers cross-domain single sign-on (SSO) in combination with SAML 2.0 service providers and at the same time enables single log-out (SLO) to close all user sessions in the SAML landscape.
Figure 1: Web Browser-based Single Sign-On with the Identity Provider
SAML 2.0 also enables identity federation by providing identity information that can be shared between the identity provider and one or more service providers. With identity federation, you can leverage cross-domain SSO. This means you can enable users within your partners' domain to securely access data or systems in your own company's domain - without making your company responsible for maintaining and administrating the other companies' users. SAML 2.0 enables you to federate your own users' identities and set up trust relationships with your business partners' users for authentication and SSO.
Figure 2: Identity Federation
For more information about installation, configuration, and operation of the identity provider, see SAP NetWeaver Identity Management Identity Provider - Implementation Guide on SDN.
Identity Reporting with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW)
With SAP NetWeaver IDM 7.1 SP stack 5, you can now use SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) for identity reporting. Web templates are available for producing reports on users, privileges, roles, and their corresponding assignments in the various systems. These BW reports support advanced filtering and sorting. In addition, roles for reporting users are provided to control access to the reports (administrator, manager, and owner). In general, BW reports are very flexible and you can use the data to customize your own reports.
Figure 3: System Landscape for IDM Integration with SAP NetWeaver BW
For more information, see Identity Reporting Using SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse - Implementation Guide on SDN.
Download SAP NetWeaver IDM 7.1 SP Stack 5
You can download SAP NetWeaver IDM 7.1 SP stack 5 on the SAP Service Marketplace (SMP login required). For details about the enhancements refer to OSS note 1451454: SAP NetWeaver Identity Management 7.1 SP5.
Live Expert Session: "What's New in SP Stack 5"
There will be a Live Expert Session on July 6, 2010; 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CEST): "What's New in SP Stack 5" (Speaker: Heiko Ettelbrueck, Diana Berberova). You can register here (SMP login required). The recorded session including questions of participants and answers of instructors and the presentation will be available in the SAP NetWeaver IDM 7.1 Learning Maps on the SAP Service Marketplace (SMP login required).
If you want to learn more about SAP NetWeaver Identity Management, visit the SAP NetWeaver IDM Home Page for general product information, documentation, training, and support information. You will also find articles, blogs, eLearnings, a forum, a Wiki, and downloads.