RSS feeds at work
I have just tested out the first RSS feeds from my companies enterprise portal, worked fine once I had authenticated (we use forms based authentication using SiteMinder) from within the RSS reader (in this case RSS Bandit). I usually use NewsGator but in my quick test it didn’t seem possible for NewsGator to use the SiteMinder cookie that IE had downloaded, and there was no way to authenticate to SiteMinder directly, although it is possible to use basic authentication with SiteMinder.
Greg Reinacker describes his view of RSS and Security, which is going to be a big issue in enterprises (as I found, in this first test) but had no solution for how to use off-line RSS readers to access feeds that are protected by forms based authentication. My work around (interactive authentication in a browser first) is going to be a significant constraint in many scenarios including:
- Scheduled download of feeds
- Application to application subscriptions
- Search engine indexing
- Enterprise management platforms – like NewsGator Enterprise