Friday Sep 24, 2010

Day 5: Open World Wrap-up

I had a great time this week at Oracle Open World.  It is quite a show with over 47K attendees spread over 4 city blocks with great sessions and conversations about Identity Management and many other cutting edge technologies.  I am definitely in powerpoint overload and would be happy not to see another slide for awhile but the information was great!  We have collected some of the photos from the sessions up on our Facebook page here.  Here is just one of the pictures from the concert on Treasure Island with the Black Eyed Peas, The Steve Miller Band and Don Henley.  It was a great concert.

The presentations were all taped and should be up on the website shortly.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.  If you followed us on Twitter, please let us know what you think by sending us messages.

The Verizon presentation on Directory Server Enterprise Edition and using Fracational Replication was a highlight for me.  It should have been scheduled earlier in the week so that more people could have attended.  Verizon has one of the largest directory deployments in the world with 40+ million identities and many partners and LOB's using it as their repository.  The Verizon deployment is also a great example of using Fractional Replication to empower LOB's with their own identity repository but allowing the central team to maintain the control over the data.  Verizon is also a great example of using SSO to reduce cost and maintain a great User Experience across many different portals.  Madhu, thanks for sharing such great information with the identity management community.  I will post the presentation once it is available on the website.

Thursday Sep 23, 2010

Day 4: IDM at Oracle Open World

Hope you enjoyed the Black Eyed Peas last night.  We have an action packed IDM session on Thursday to finish up the show.  Here is a quick run down of the sessions.  Etienne and I will be introducing Verizon as we talk about how Replication and Fractional Replication are critical features in a high performance Directory Server deployment.


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 Time  Title  Location
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Middleware s317487 End-t-End Secure Identity Propagation Moscone South Rm 310

 Middleware, Applications s316524 Oracle Idenity Management for
Oracle JD Edwards EntrpriseOne

Moscone South Rm 309
10:30 am – 11:30 am Middleware s316991 Database User Management wit Oracle Directry
Services and Actve Directry
Moscone South Rm 310

Middleware s316837 Deploy a Highly Performant Entitlements Solution
wit Oracle Entitlements Server
Moscone South Rm 309

Middleware s317270 Service-Oriented Security: Simplifing Identity
Management for Applications
Moscone West L3, Rm
3018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Middleware s316829 Demystfing IdM: A Custmer’s Guide to a
Practical IdM Deployment Strategy
Moscone South, Rm 309
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Middleware S315086 Replication Best Approaches on Directory Server -
Fractional Replication
Moscone South Rm 309

Middleware S316829 Demystifing IdM: A Customer’s Guide t a
Practical IdM Deployment Stategy

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Middleware s314871 Oracle Identity Manager and Oracle BPEL Tools
for Digital Identity Management

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Middleware s314871 Oracle Identity Manager and Oracle BPEL Tools
for Digital Identity Management
Moscone Sout Rm 309
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Middleware/Oracle Develop S317543 Service Orientd Security 101 Hotel Nikko Mendocino I / II






Tuesday Sep 21, 2010

Day 2: Directory at Oracle Open World

Oracle Open World is off to a great start with plenty of good content and demo's for the business owner or technical implementation team.  Yesterday I saw two great demos from the OAM team.  Mark Karlstrand, pictured to the right was giving a demo on OTP Anywhere to Bob Blakeley.  It was impressive as he used his cell phone to provide a stronger authentication method for a bank transfer -demo not real but you get the point.    

There are a couple of ways to follow what is going on during the show.  

You can follow us on Twitter by using the hash tags #oow10 #idm or follow us directly @OracleIDM.  

We also are uploading pictures and video's from the day at our Facebook page at Facebook/OracleIDM here.

Here are the sessions for Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Oracle Open World

 Time  Title  Location
 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Middleware s317146 Securing Web Services: Solutions, Best Practices, Moscone South Rm 309
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Middleware s317467 Simplify Identity Management and Support Future Growth with Directory Services
Moscone South Rm 309
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Middleware s317064 Oracle Identity Management Administration Best Practices
Moscone South Rm 309
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Middleware s317240 Oracle’s Identity Management Strategy (for Sun, Oracle and New Customers Alike)
Moscone South Rm 310
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Middleware s317484 Case Study: How Cisco Achieved Large-Scale, Highly Available Access Management
Moscone South Rm 310
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Middleware s317244 Enforcing Segregation-of-Duties Controls with Identity Management
Moscone South Rm 309



                    Growth with Directory Services
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Middleware s317064 Oracle Identity Management Administration Best Moscone South Rm 309
                    Practices
Middleware s317240 Oracle’s Identity Management Strategy (for Sun, Moscone South Rm 310
  Oracle and New Customers Alike)
Middleware s317484 Case Study: How Cisco Achieved Large-Scale, Highly Moscone South, Rm 310
Available Access Management
Middleware s317244 Enforcing Segregation-of-Duties Controls with Identity Moscone South Rm 309
Management

Friday Sep 10, 2010

Identity Management at Oracle Open World

Oracle Open World is fast approaching and the time to register is NOW so you don't miss out.  This year the show is going to be a blast.  I have heard rumors about the band that will be performing one night but you know what they say about rumors.  More importantly, the IDM team have a lot of new things to talk about at this years show.  First, we released 11g this summer which included exciting new approaches like Service Oriented Security, better user experience and new features for:

  • Oracle Identity Manager
  • Oracle Access Manager
  • Oracle Adaptive Access Manager
  • Oracle Identity Analytics

If you want a comprehensive list of all the sessions so you can follow along.  Please visit the Focus On Identity Management document located here.  Also, we have five don't miss sessions which you need to attend.  Here are the dates and times.  Or, you can find them on our Facebook page here.

 Date & Time
 Title of Presentation
 Location
Mon 11am Oracle Identity Management 11g Overview Moscone South 309
Tue 2pm Simplify IDM with Directory Services –
Moscone South 309
Tues  3:30pm Oracle’s IDM Strategy (for Sun, Oracle Customers Alike)
Moscone South 310
Wed 1pm Building a Strong Foundation for Your Cloud with  IDM
Moscone South 309
Wed 4:45pm Complete Identity & Access Governance with OIA 11g
Moscone South 309
Tues 5pm How Cisco Achieved Large-Scale, Highly Available Access Management Moscone South 310

The last time the Identity Management team was all together a  few photo's were taken and I have included one from that fun event at Burton Catalyst.  Hope you will be able to join us!


Thursday Aug 26, 2010

Register Today for Free Webinar: Simplify Access Management with F5 & Oracle

On Thursday, August 26.  We are hosting a webcast that will take you through the solution and talk about why we believe this will simplify Access Management.  Please join us as F5 and Oracle product experts explain this simple solution.

Title: Live Webcast: Streamline Access Management with F5 & Oracle

When:  Thursday, August 26, 2010, 10:00 a.m. PT or 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: Register for this live webcast here: Streamline Access Management with F5 & Oracle

Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

New Download Instructions for Oracle Directory Services Enterprise Edition

The Zone Manager, also known as Brad Diggs, has written a comprehensive blog post (here) on how to get Directory Server Enterprise Edition from Oracle.  As a strategic product, we released a new version of Directory Server Enterprise Edition 11gR1 which Brad also gives great instructions on how to download.  

Also, stay tuned for updated information on our upcoming Oracle Open World plans.  If you have not registered yet, please go to the following page to get more information and register today.


Tuesday Jul 20, 2010

Last Chance to Register: Identity Management 11g Launch Webcast


Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Register here

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Tuesday Jul 13, 2010

Register Today for Free Webinar: A Giant Leap In Identity Management

The Identity Management market is evolving and it is an exciting place to be involved in shaping that evolution.  For some that evolution is an opportunity for others it is a headache.  At Oracle we see this as a great opportunity. 

When I started in the Identity Management field it is wasn't even called identity management it was about solving high availability problems for customer and partner extranets before personalization and portal solutions existed.  LDAP was a great solution for these problems and Netscape and then Sun Directory Server were the industry best solutions.  They still are today.  However, in this space alone there has been considerable evolution.   Virtual directories, directory proxies, Active Directory Synchronization are all essential components of best of breed directory server product's.  Oracle Directory Services Plus is a good example.  

The fuel behind this tremendous evolution is the business environment in which these solutions exist. There is no magic in figuring out these key business trends.  Organizations face increased threats from global security risks internally and externally. 

You had to bury your head in the sand to not notice the fact that these threats have landed some of the greatest IT organizations and governments in prime-time analysis on CNN or on the front page of the major news portals.   The global economic slowdown has caused business to seek better value from the products they have already purchased.  Increased government scrutiny and regulation has fueled compliance projects and organizations to ensure business and IT audits can be signed off by the CTO and CFO of major organizations.  And, the CTO and CFO don't want surprises so they have funded projects and purchased solutions to ensure they stay in compliance ---No Surprises!

At Oracle, meeting these challenging problems with innovation is the name of the game.  At the same time, we strive to provide the most complete solutions based on standards for our customers.  This is why we are excited about our event next week.  At this webinar we are taking a "Giant Leap Forward In Identity Management".  Amit Jasuja, Vice President of Identity Management and Security at Oracle, will be sharing the latest news from Oracle on why we believe we are uniquely positioned to solve these business problems for the best organizations on the planet.  Register Today for this exciting event.

Webinar Registration
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
10:00am PDT, 1:00 EDT, 7:00pm CET
Register here

Thursday Jun 10, 2010

Register for Free Webinar: Neil Gandhi on Identity Analytics ROI

Is your Identity Compliance project a GIANT Headache?  If so, then we have the little blue pill for your  compliance headache.  The reason why many organizations experience pain in the compliance programs they run is because of the lack of automated tools, impact to productivity and lack of ongoing actionable information.  I have seen this first hand.   Organizations usually rely upon project managers and excel spreadsheets collect information from business units and project teams.  This then leads to massive efforts to fill in information and send them back to the central team for documentation and reporting to the auditors.  Ultimately, this information is old before it is collated into the binders and the report is issued.  However, the real result is usually a GIANT HEADACHE for everyone involved.

As Identity theft outpaces any other theft and security challenges for organizations, the problem needs a more efficient solution with better processes and better tools.  Business leaders will believe in investment when they can see better utilization of key resources, better on-going information, proven segregation of duties, and ultimately better security. 

Niel Gandhi, has the "Advil" for your compliance headache with Oracle Identity Analytics.  Register here for the FREE webinar on the ROI of using Identity Analytics.  He is has years of experience solving these problems for organizations around the world.  Additionally, he has extensive experience as Principal Product Manager, Identity Analytics.  Here are a couple of the topics that he will cover in the event:

  • Automate critical identity-based controls such as attestation and segregation of duties
  • Analyze, mine, and correlate user roles for compliant and efficient user access
  • Build comprehensive reports for audit, compliance, and business purposes
  • Utilize business-friendly compliance dashboards and metrics
  • Give a 360-degree view of user’s access and achieve rapid compliance

However, the ultimate goal of his presentation is to make sure you have concrete ways to help you solve your Compliance Headache without breaking the bank.  Hope to see you there!

Live Webcast: Maximize Compliance ROI With Oracle Identity Analytics
Register Here

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET


Tuesday Apr 27, 2010

Iron Man 2, Identity Security, Directory Services and the Cloud

If you are a security expert and you have not been to the new Oracle Iron Man 2 website you have to take a look at the cool demo site listed under "Stark Expo".  The intro has a great security questionnaire on Security in the cloud in an cutting edge interface.  If you read yesterday's blog, and went to the Iron-Clad Cloud: Secure Cloud Computing article in the new Security Newsletter, you were able to get an insight into way's Oracle can help secure the cloud.  You will also do well on the questionnaire at "Stark Expo".

 Go Check it out!

In Iron Man 2, Oracle is a proud sponsor of Stark Expo, a world-class tradeshow that depends on a cloud computing architecture to ensure that all systems are free from overload. And that’s where you come in: by becoming a Master Cloud Operative, you’ll help keep Stark Expo up and running. Complete your training, test your troubleshooting skills, and get certified in the Oracle Pavilion.

Monday Apr 26, 2010

Iron-Clad Cloud: Secure Cloud Computing

As organizations continue to leverage the cloud for essential business applications and services the provisioning and security of identity data becomes an essential compliance requirement.  Oracle's new Security Newsletter  has an article that provides information on critical approaches to security in the cloud.

One solution to the security problem with cloud services can be overcome using Service Oriented Security.  The Oracle approach to using Service Oriented Security allows developers to pull from a centralized, authoritative source of identity services.  This allows developers to build security into every application from the inside-out.   This is critical to ensuring this is done in a standardized manner and most importantly it allows developers to develop without being security experts.

The "Iron-Clad Cloud:  Secure Cloud Computing" article in this quarter's Security Newsletter is a great place to start when looking for information on how to use these tools to improve the security for your organizations cloud services.  You will also find articles on database security and other bloggers who are sharing data about the security industry and Oracle's thought-leadership.

Friday Apr 23, 2010

New Oracle Security Newsletter

Oracle Identity and Database Security Teams have created a new Security Newsletter. The Newsletter launches this week and will be distributed to customer's who have signed up for the Newsletter via Oracle.com.

In each edition, you'll find news, blog posts, events, webcasts, and much more covering Oracle's Security Solutions. Whether your focus is on identity management or database security, each issue will be filled with the information you need to secure your database, middleware, and applications, and meet IT compliance requirements.

In this inaugural version of the newsletter you will find content on:

You can see the entire newsletter here

Register for future versions of the newsletter by following the directions here.  You can also see samples of all the different newsletter content that is available to stay current and aware of the latest leading news from Oracle.

Monday Jan 25, 2010

DSEE 7 Gives Engineers More Free Time: What do they do with it?

Importing an ldif file is a common task that every engineer needs to create a directory service.  This is also a task that some engineers need to perform when restoring an instance in their topology.  DSEE 7 has introduced new innovations into the code has resulted in 5x improvements in performance. 

Wajih Ahmed, this Wednesday, will detail how he used the new F-20's to improve import times using DSEE 7.  This improvement results in real measurable time/cost savings.  Since these tasks sometimes take place over weekends or during maintenance periods this means engineers will have more time to do other things.  We want to know what are they doing with that time?  

Here is a potential list of activities they might be doing with that extra time:
  1. Spending time with their families
  2. Downloading and creating a POC for OpenSSO
  3. Attending a soccer game for their daughter
  4. Setting up their Super Bowl pool favoring their favorite team
  5. Finding cheats to get promoted in HALO ODST.
  6. Arranging a family movie night
  7. Learn about Fine Grained Access Control with OpenSSO here
  8. Writing a blog post on why they should allow dedicated server versions of Modern Warfare 2
  9. Checking out the IT platform that will manage, capture and deliver the Vancouver Winter Olympics
  10. Perusing Facebook to find out what is going on with their friends today.

If you have other creative ideas on what engineers should be doing with this extra time that DSEE 7 has given back, please share below.  I think everyone should be getting ready for the Olympics so I have included the latest video on the Torch Relay from the Vacouver Winter Olympics site.

Friday Jan 22, 2010

OpenDS and DSEE 7 Offer Compression

This week we have been sharing the different ways customer's can use compression to improve performance and reduce cost within your Directory Server Enterprise Edition environment.  On Wednesday, Brad Diggs, shared how customer's can use compression to reduce their storage footprint by 60%. Today, Ludo Poitou, Community Manager for OpenDS, wrote a great blog post on how to use compression in your OpenDS 2.2 instance.  Ludo shows how OpenDS can reduce the overall size of your directory instance.  He also gives pointers to how to configure in your directory environment.

Next week, Wajih Ahmed will be talking about how customer's can "Improving Import Speed Through ZFS Caching of LDIF import file".  He will show import rate of ds7 and opends with and without primary and secondary cache disabled vs. enabled.  This is another great example of the proven performance that Sun on Sun provides.  

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