What Ended Up On The Cutting Room Floor

If you managed to catch my talk at this years Cloud Identity Summit, either in-person or using the video recording I posted (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), then you know that I relied on humor to engage my audience while presenting a serious vision of how IAM needs to evolve for the better. That

Identity Management Is A People Problem (But It Shouldn’t Be!)

Another Cloud Identity Summit has come and gone, and even though it only happens once a year, the effect of being at “the top event on the identity calendar” (as Stephen Wilson puts it) always lingers. You leave trying to process all the great content and ideas you got exposed to, thinking about the wonderful

As Passwords Die, Are We Witnessing Revolution or Evolution?

It would be pretty funny if the next ad for Apple’s iDevices touting TouchID happened to make the point using Google Glass (“In a world, where Glassholes are everywhere – behind you in line at Starbucks, sitting next to you on the BART, even lying in bed next to you – no passcode is safe!”).

Beyond Attributes

In developing SCUID, we’ve been taking a very deep look at how the very nature of online identity (mostly enterprise identity, but a lot of it extends equally well to the broader definition of online identity) is changing in terms of how it is managed and what it needs to support. And in addition to

Introducing the “Talking Identity” Channel

So, this wasn’t planned. But Slideshare, where I have been posting all of my talks, announced that they are discontinuing their excellent Slidecast feature. I’ve relied on that feature almost exclusively over the last few years for posting my slides along with their accompanying audio. Most of my presentations are highly visual, featuring imagery, humor

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