Year: 2013

O SCIM, Where Art Thou?

This is a rant. Connectors, more specifically provisioning connectors, have always been the bane of my career, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way. It really is what drives a lot of us in the identity management game to drink. I know it’s what gives Frank V nightmares. Because each connector is

It’s about Provisioning, not provisioning

In 2010, I gave a (in retrospect somewhat optimistic) talk at the Catalyst conference in which I described a pull-based architecture for account provisioning. SAML was a central part of that architecture, especially in supporting Just-In-Time  (JIT) Provisioning, which I was sure was going to be important to the evolution of enterprise cloud applications. In 2011,

Thanking the IAM Venn-erables in my own way

Just back from about 10 days out of the country, so still catching up on everything, and will return to the topics from CIS and Catalyst shortly. But in the meantime, a little bit of nonsense. For my 10,000th tweet, I wanted to do something funny that would celebrate just how much I love Twitter.

SaaS to SCIM: Show Me the Money!

I’m on my annual pilgrimage to the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego this week, and obviously one of the topics of interest has been standards. In his ‘Hitchhikers Guide to Identity’ talk (a blatant ripoff of mine!), Patrick talked about Standards being one of the pillars of the emerging Identiverse. And in the always

The Hitchhikers Guide to Identity

Sounded simple enough. Join forces with Pam and Dale to put on a 3 hour workshop at the Cloud Identity Summit exploring all things identity management, each of us having a whole hour in which to dazzle the crowd. And with an awesome theme like the Hitchhikers Guide to help us keep it entertaining. This was bound to

Cloud-Based IAM is Bigger, Better, Stronger than On-Prem IAM

That is the position is set out to convince people of with my talk ‘IDaaS: The Now Big Thing‘ at this years Cloud Identity Summit. Even with the words ‘Cloud’ and ‘Identity’ in the name of the conference, and even with a fairly friendly crowd, I knew that this would be a somewhat daunting challenge.

CIS Wrapup: What Does Enabling ‘Next’ Entail?

Another Cloud Identity Summit is in the books, and it confirmed its status as one of the premier conferences for all things identity management. Andre and the Ping Identity team did a great job as always, and Napa was a great location (though connectivity did become an issue). Most importantly, Mark and Pam did a

Looks Like The Internet Finally Got An Identity Layer

As this Joy of Tech cartoon demonstrates, PRISM seems to have solved that problem for us. All that’s left to do is slap a RESTful Web Service on that data source. Should it be SAML or SCIM? This is pretty much the epitome of “It’s funny because it’s true”. The way that “metadata” can be

The Conundrum of 2FA meets the Enigma that is PAM

“It’s a mystery. Broken into a jigsaw puzzle. Wrapped in a conundrum. Hidden in a Chinese box. A riddle.” – The Riddler, The Long Halloween Yesterday’s hack of the AP’s Twitter account was big. Not only did the impact it had on the stock market prove Ranjeet’s thesis that Twitter is now a SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley)