Ping Identity's "Ping Federate" software looks like an attractive solution for businesses with identity federation issues, at least from a technical point of view. I don't know neither the pricing model nor the license cost, and I didn't have the opportunity to evaluate the software yet but I noticed some strong and not so common arguments, among others, that pushed me to add this article: high integration features with most widely spread authentication and provisioning solutions time to deploy and TCO which seem to be significantly lower than for challengers. This is especially important since federation solutions and protocols tend to be complex, potentially making them long and difficult to setup and debug.