SAP NetWeaver Identity Management Identity Services - Architectural Overview
The SAP NetWeaver Identity Management Identity Services provides web services access to identity information stored in an identity store in the Identity Center or some other application that can be accessed from the Virtual Directory Server. The Identity Services accepts SPML (Service Provisioning Markup Language) requests. It acts as an abstraction layer between identity services clients and the identity information. This reduces the complexity of access as much of the connection details (location, protocols, repository types and so on) are hidden from the clients.