Getting started

After you have signed up for our free trial, you can create your own Federated Directory in three easy steps.

  1. Create your company directory
  2. Federate with other companies
  3. Search across companies
Getting started in three steps

Signup

Signing up for your own Federated Directory is easy and free. We only need a little bit of information to get you started.

Go to: https://www.federated.directory/signup

Enter the following fields:

Input Description
Short company name This should be between 2 and 40 characters, and will be part of your company specific URL of your Federated Directory: www.federated.directory/of/<your-short-company-name>. You can use letters, numbers, dashes - and underscores _.
Your name Your display name. We will use this to create your first user account in your Federated Directory.
Email address Make sure it's valid, since we will send all the information you need to get started to this email address.

Read the terms of service before agreeing to them. If you have any questions regarding these terms, let us know!
You can only finalize the signup if you have read and agreed to these terms.


1. Create your company directory

There are two ways to fill your Federated Directory with the contacts of your organization:

  1. Manually
  2. Automatically

Manually

When your company currently does not have a corporate address book, you can create it directly in Federated Directory. You can add your company contacts in two ways:

  1. Manually, through our web application
  2. Semi automate, by uploading a CSV file

After the users have been created, they can login and edit their own company profile. They could, for example, add phone numbers, a home address and a profile picture.

Automatically

When your company already owns a corporate address book it would save you a lot of time, to integrate it with us. We have turnkey integrations with:

Any user that is created, updated, or deleted in these systems will automatically be replicated in your Federated Directory. Including all their relevant contact data.

If your contact data is located in another system or platform that supports SCIM 2.0 provisioning, you are in luck. You can use our generic SCIM API interface to push user data into your Federated Directory.

Connect your current Address List

Authentication

No matter how your users have been created (manually or automatically), the following authentications options are available on every directory: 1. Federated Directory credentials 2. Authenticate through any of the above mentioned identity providers (Google, Microsoft, etc.) 3. Any [SAML 2.0](./administrator/saml) compatible identity provider
You can create and connect as much directories as you want. If you only want to concatenate your internal corporate address books, step 1 is all you have to do. Your users can now search through all your directories as if it's one big directory.

However, if you want to work together with other companies and be able to search their address books as well, you will have to continue to step two.


2. Federate with other companies

The strength of a Federated Directory is the ability to give other companies access to your corporate address book and vice versa.

You do this by 'federating' your company directory to other companies. This is a two-step process:

  1. Link your two companies by sending them a federation token
  2. Decide which information you want to share with the other company

By default, none of your company's contact data is shared after step 1.

Connect your current Address List

3. Search across companies

Your users are now able to to search you company's contact directory and that of all the companies you federated with. That is as easy as selecting a company and typing a name. Advanced search filters make it possible to filter on colleagues, managers or specific job titles.

Still need help? Get in touch!
Last updated on 12th Jul 2019