U-M has a long-term strategy of providing access to cloud computing services through strategic partnerships with cloud vendors. With federated identity management, institutions join together in groups—called federations—and agree to trust each other's identity credentials.
- Federation Management
U-M is a member of the InCommon Federation. ITS manages the university's InCommon membership (see InCommon U-M Participant Operating Principles (POP).
Shibboleth allows people to log in to web resources at InCommon-member institutions using the ID and password they use at their own institution. It is also used to allow members of the university community to log in to university-provided cloud services, such as U-M Google and U-M Dropbox, using their uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password.