Month: March 2006

The choices we make…

Working as I am on the architecture for the next generation of our IdM products, I found the thesis of this article extremely interesting. It basically uses Windows as an example of how the cost of innovation increases dramatically with any attempt to make that innovation backwards compatible. And points out how Apple tackled a

Our new mantra?

In an internal memo last October, Ray Ozzie, CTO for Microsoft, wrote, “Complexity kills. It sucks the life out of developers, it makes products difficult to plan, build and test, it introduces security challenges and it causes end-user and administrator frustration.” Amen to that! That is why the new focus of the IdM groups should

Is SPML the Rodney Dangerfield of Standards?

One thing that I found surprising at the CAB was the lack of discussion around SPML. Admittedly, the standard hasn’t made enough progress, and is nowhere near the maturity that (for instance) SAML has achieved. But I would have thought that the need for it would make it a hot issue for those who haven’t

Don’t mix developers with customers…

At the end of another customer council meeting, one thing was abundantly clear –  our customers have no intention of being faceless names on a list somewhere. They have opinions, they are vocal, and they would very much like to be a part of the development process. Hot button topics were support, roadmap visibility and

The Dawn Of A New Era!

So it seems that someone finally slipped up and gave me an outlet for my ramblings. One can only hope that this will lead to something useful. Fostering a community takes time, but maybe this will give me a way to finally harness the raw knowledge that I experience in my job every week.