Digital ID World – Final Thoughts
By identity on Sep 17, 2009
I missed the final sessions of Digital ID World on Wednesday because of commitments in California. Judging from the Twitter traffic, it sounded like some great stuff was discussed.
- Most Stimulating Information. Jeff Jonas’ discussion about using data analytics to discover space-time-travel characteristics of individuals was both challenging and disturbing.
- Newest Identity Concept. Phil Windley’s proposal to enable contextualized, purpose-based user experiences using the web browser as a point of integration triggers lots of new thoughts about extracting value from the Internet.
- Most Reinforced Notion. The Identity Management market is maturing. Companies are seeking to learn best practices for getting the most out of their investments.
- Biggest Question in my Mind. How much validity should we place in Symplified’s claim that “Federation is Dead. Long Live the Federation Fabric?”
- Most Enjoyable Networking Moments. Meeting folks in person I have only met virtually beforehand. In person wins every time.
- Most-asked Question. Nearly everyone whom I spoke with asked me something about the Oracle acquisition of Sun. That happened to be the easiest question for me to answer: “Until the deal closes, we are independent companies. We must wait until then for details.”
- Best Trade Show Giveaway. An LED flashlight from Novell. Incandescent bulb flashlights seem to be quickly joining buggy whips in the dustbins of history (except for special cases).
- Biggest Pet Peeve. No power strips or WIFI were provided for attendees. This severely limited note taking and real-time blogging.
- Most Entertaining Event. No, not the parties. It was the Chinese guy who drove my taxi to the airport. He chattered non-stop for the whole trip about technology, Maryland, California, Utah, Idaho, Micron, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, potato chips, microchips, stock trading, traffic and dishonest taxi drivers. What a hoot!
- Biggest Disappointment. The show seems to get smaller each year – both in the number of attendees and participating vendors. Will it survive?
That’s my list. What do you think?