Welcome to IdentityThink

I won't argue that the world needs another blog talking about identity management. My new blog exists, that's my topic, what more needs to be said? I will talk about my goals for the blog: I hope to learn from and share my knowledge with experts in the fields of role management, provisioning, and other closely related disciplines.

By experts I mean you, those thinking and living identity management at corporations, analyst firms, and public entities around the world. I firmly believe that much of what we need to know about identity management is already known, by you, in little bits here and there, and that we just need to gather this knowledge and synthesize it properly**.

What are my qualifications? I am a VP at Oracle working on role management and provisioning products. I joined Oracle a bit less than a year ago from Bridgestream where I was VP Engineering and Operations up until the very welcome acquisition by our friends at Oracle. During my time in the field, at Bridgestream and now at Oracle, I have visited with no less than hundreds of identity and security experts in the US and Europe who collectively have many hundreds of years of practical experience in identity management. You are some darn smart people and I have benefited from your knowledge. I like to think that I've contributed a bit of my own - but you be the judge of that.

I am looking forward to talking with you!


**If you've every seen the famous series "Connections" by John Burke then you're probably already on board with this theory of history. I'm a Burke convert and I agree with him that, contrary to the "great man" view of history, virtually anything complex every built was built lego-style by assembling bits of previous knowlege in unique ways and then extending it bit by bit over time. With a Burkian frame of mind, a world of identity management done right doesn't seem so difficult and far away.

Note: This blog will be updated at least once a week, usually on Friday.

Comments:

Jeff, Congratulations on launching your blog. I look forward to your insights. Kevin Moulton Senior Sales Consulting Manager - IDM Oracle

Posted by Kevin Moulton on August 09, 2008 at 11:34 PM PDT #

I would personally love to know your thoughts on modeling relationships between roles (complex in their own right) and resources, especially where these relationships can be multidimensional. This is probably meandering into the area of entitlements, and I wasnt sure whether you were interested in covering that as well.

Posted by Srinivasan Varadarajan on August 24, 2008 at 07:33 AM PDT #

Hi Srinivasan, You can't talk much about RBAC without meandering into entitlements. I agree that this would make a great discussion. I'll put it on my list.

Posted by Jeff Shukis on August 28, 2008 at 05:50 AM PDT #

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