Security Assertion Markup Language, aka SAML, is an open standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between parties. A typical use case is the communication between an identity provider (such as Azure AD) and a service provider. You can learn more about it at this wiki link.
Benefits of using SAML
- SAML is a standarized format which is designed to interoperate with any system, independent of implementation. SAML enables a open approach to architecture and identity federation without having vendor-specific issues.
- SAML provides a single point of authentication at a secure identity provider. This means that credentials never leave the company boundaries. Also, applications don’t need to store or sync identities.
- SAML enabled single sign-on (SSO) in certain scenarios. Users can seamlessly access multiple applications allowing them to work more efficiently.
How does it work
Go check out the official announcement to get started: