Good news! The folks behind SCIM have decided to begin the process to formalize SCIM at the IETF. To kick things off, there will be a birds-of-a-feather session planned for the upcoming IETF meeting in Paris at the end of the month.
SCIM's deployment architecture model is a simple hub-and-spoke model where the enterprise IDM system is at the "hub" and each cloud service provider is a spoke. The idea behind SCIM is that each spoke is enabled by a standardized 'connector' using a standardized SCIM RESTful API. Without SCIM, the alternative is that enterprise provisioning systems have to support many different proprietary service APIs.
So far, I'm impressed with SCIM. It does the job it was designed for. But it does it solve all the requirements for cloud provisioning? I'll get into that in my next blog post.
For more information, check out the SCIM mailing list at IETF.