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Waveset Releases Open Source SPML Toolkit

Waveset Offers SPML Toolkit to Promote Open Standards for Provisioning Across Diverse Identity Infrastructures

Austin, Texas, USA. August 25, 2003.

Waveset Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of innovative identity management solutions, today announced it has developed the industry's first open source SPML (Service Provisioning Markup Language) toolkit that allows third parties to SPML-enable their applications and management platforms. The toolkit offers an easy-to-use interface for configuring, issuing and interpreting standards-compliant provisioning requests across diverse identity infrastructures. This functionality helps organizations extend secure user access privileges and profile information to dynamic user populations, particularly in Web services environments. It is based on SPML version 1.0 which is in the final stages of ratification as an OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) worldwide standard. It is publicly available for download at no cost or restriction at

According to Phil Schacter, vice president of directory and security strategies at Burton Group, "The availability of an open source implementation of SPML is a critical step in gaining broad industry adoption of this important emerging standard. Standards play a key role in an enterprise identity management architecture by solving difficult integration and interoperability problems and enabling applications to leverage the identity infrastructure independent of any specific vendor's implementation. Waveset's release of its open SPML toolkit will make it easier for both commercial application software providers and enterprise application developers to take advantage of SPML, and should lead to earlier deployment of identity management systems that incorporate support for SPML."

Platforms and software solutions that conform to the SPML specification facilitate the automation of user or system access and entitlement rights to electronic services across diverse IT infrastructures. Waveset's SPML toolkit reduces the time and technical proficiency required of programmers to build this framework by providing a simple to use and easy to understand graphical environment for SPML message generation and analysis. The toolkit also offers a unique browser capability that scans SPML-enabled provisioning systems to provide a graphical view of services offered -- much like a standard Web services UDDI browser -- as well as to generate and de-bug test requests.

"The industry has spent two years working to establish SPML as a key standard for enabling provisioning services across diverse identity infrastructures," said Darran Rolls, directory of technology at Waveset and chair of the OASIS Provisioning Services Technical Committee. "As such, it's important that tools like these be made publicly available to drive the adoption of open, standard protocols and ensure continued industry support for a Web services-based, identity-centric business process model."


The SPML toolkit is currently available in Java with delivery of a Microsoft .NET-compliant version expected later this year. It is publicly available for download at no cost at

About Waveset Technologies, Inc.

Waveset Technologies, Inc. provides innovative identity management solutions that help organizations address the increasing problem of identity anarchy found in today's enterprises. Applying a unique architectural approach, Waveset is the first software provider to support the concept of a single, virtual identity across federated domains and business processes. Waveset, based in Austin, TX, counts numerous Fortune 500 companies among its customers. Waveset is a privately held firm funded by Lightspeed Ventures Partners, Austin Ventures, Origin Partners, Silverton Partners, AV Labs, and other private investors.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "XML-Based Provisioning Services."

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