SPML standard ratified by standards group

Staff report

Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) version 1.0 has been approved by OASIS, the standards consortium announced on Wednesday. SPML provides an XML-based framework for managing the allocation of system resources.

SPML defines the provisioning of digital services such as user accounts and access privileges on systems, networks and applications, as well as non-digital or physical resources such as cell phones and credit cards, according to a technical committee at the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

"As provisioning becomes a more widely available network service, the need for an open standard to support the integration of account and service management in identity infrastructures is clear," said Darran Rolls, chairman of provisioning committee. "By fostering interoperability across business units or with business partners, SPML frees companies to focus on the business rules for provisioning user accounts and not on the technology to wire everything together."

The provisioning committee said that SPML is closely tied to another OASIS standard, the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). Together, they can be used to create user accounts and validate users as part of an identity management infrastructure. The two offer the basis for integrating single sign-on and provisioning software for Web services, OASIS said.

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