Immersion Week 2006

The " Immersion Week ", a week long event for the Techies at Sun, just concluded in the 'cold and windy' Chicago. This year, the event was held in two separate waves, to accommodate more people. For the first time, we invited our Partners to attend this event and it was great to have a good number of them at the event.

The event had technical sessions from all Practices. We, from the Software Practice, had a good line-up of sessions ranging from Identity Management, Access and Federation Management and SOA. As a Product Lead for Access and Federation Manager, I had the opportunity and responsibility to present technical content around Access and Federation Management. Apart from Product features and Roadmap, my content included an Implemenetation case study on "Identity Federation uisng Liberty", Web Service Security and Secure SOA.

These sessions were well received and the attendees showed a lot of interest around the Federation deployment scenarios, the Interoperability modes, Web Service Security using WSI-BSP and also around Access Management in a Secure SOA. This, obviously, led to questions and discussions around an integrated solution using Java CAPS and Access/Federation Manager.

The story around an integrated solution, as we all are aware is 'in the works'.

For the benefit of our Partners and Sun folks who missed the OpenSSO SWTR, I also presented some content on OpenSSO. As expected, the Partner community showed a lot of interest in understanding the OpenSSO initiative and how it is related to the AM and FM Product roadmap.

I would like to thank Aravindan and Superpat (I kinda like this better than just Pat !!), who helped me  with details around  Web Service Security and  OpenSSO. And, thanks to Joe Ferrill - our leader - who was in-charge of the Sessions for the Software Track.

Special thanks to Dave Edstrom, for attending my sessions.

Quite a few people requested for copies of my slide deck. I think they should all have it in their inbox by now. And for those who have not recd it or would like a copy, shoot me an email.

Based on popular demand, I hear that Immersion Week will be held in either Paris or Amsterdam starting next year  .....( yup, I am starting a rumor. If we ask for Paris or Amsterdam, we might get a New York or San Francisco !!)





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