How many of you have looked at the SCIM specifications (IETF RFC 7643 / 7644) and thought “could they be made simpler or clearer”? Here is your chance to make a difference. The IETF’s 111th Plenary Meeting is running virtually as we speak, and this Thursday (July 29th) one of the events in the plenary is a “Birds of a Feather” (or BoF) meeting for taking new steps with SCIM (the session identifier is sins). We hope to convince the IETF Area Directors and the community that there is further work to be done in this area, and no matter what your opinion is, you should bring that opinion to the BoF meeting and be heard! You don’t have to be a standards person – if you are working with SCIM and just getting stuck, that is important implementer feedback that we want to hear.
The topic has been discussed in informal bi-weekly meetings for the last two months (we call it the SCIM Interest Group), with strong participation and lots of healthy opinions. We started by reviewing the many different draft extensions that are out there for SCIM, and a lot of those reviews are available on the SCIM IG Youtube channel if you are interested. We applied for the BoF meeting to get feedback from a larger audience and to judge whether we have momentum, and now we are going to find out.
When it comes to SCIM, Microsoft is interested in participating for several simple reasons:
End to End Automation as a First Order Goal
Security Best Practice & Multi-cloud Updates
The most important thing to do is to sign up for the IETF Birds of a Feather meeting. Registration is here: https://registration.ietf.org/111/. There is no membership requirement, but there is a fee – a day pass costs $125 but there are fee waivers available if that cost is too great.
You can also join our merry band in the SCIM Interest Group – connection data is on our wiki: Explanation of our goals, how to get involved, and pages on our dedicated work efforts (github.com) . We meet every 2 weeks, in two different times of day to encourage global participation. For updates, the easiest way to stay informed is to subscribe to the SCIM Mailing list at IETF.
We hope your excitement about this standards work is as great as ours and we cannot strongly enough encourage your participation – the best specifications are made from diverse input, and the more breadth we have in implementation experience and point of view, the better we will do. Join us!
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