Tuesday Sep 21, 2010

Day 2: IDM 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

Tuesday Aug 17, 2010

Free Webinar Aug. 18: Quick-Start Compliance with Identity Analytics

Identity compliance projects don't have to be hard!  The key to any successful project in IT is delivering value to the business quickly!  It is critical to then leverage those early wins into larger wins for the organization.  When I used to coach I likened this to walking up a staircase.  McKinsey used the analogy to describe the approach successful companies took to manage successful growth. (take a look here)  

Oracle Identity Analytics provides a set of tools that can help organizations take the first step up that staircase to Compliance quickly.  The approach allows organizations to show value quickly and then build upon those early wins to build better security into the organization.  This webcast tomorrow will give insight into how organizations can build in proper segregation of duties, 360 degree review's and proper attestation of roles.  One customer of the product used to print out a conference room of paper and had his compliance auditors and business managers review the roles and access rights to meet compliance.  Imagine if you had the tools to ensure you could make this process easier.  Register today and find out how.

Register Today Here:

Customer Stories: Tackling Compliance Challenges with Oracle Identity Analytics

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Time: 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Featured Speakers:

Naynesh Patel,
Partner,
Simeio Solutions

Neil Gandhi,
Principal Product Manager,
Oracle Identity Analytics,
Oracle Corporation

Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

Oracle + Sun Strategy Update Webcast

Oracle + Sun Strategy Update Webcast

When:  Wednesday, January 27, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PT

Live Webcast which you can register here



According to the Oracle events page located here the following is going to be covered at the event.

Transforming the Way You Buy, Run, and Manage Your Business Systems

Only Oracle + Sun will be able to:
  • Offer a broad range of products including servers, storage, networking, and software
  • Integrate all the components–hardware, operating system, database, middleware, and applications–for unmatched performance, reliability, and security
  • Simplify IT management and reduce system deployment and integration costs
  • Continue to drive innovation in SPARC, Solaris, the Java platform, and many other technologies

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about how this powerful combination will transform the IT industry. Register today for this live Webcast. 

Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

DSEE 7 Proven Performance Also Reduces Cost

DSEE 7 launched in November and just after Christmas a couple of our Directory experts in the community at Sun took it for a test drive on the new F-20 PCIe flash drives at Sun.  The results confirmed the internal testing we did in the improved performance in import times, the reduction in Directory footprint due to compression and the overall performance improvements for DSEE 7.   This is critical for our customers because it will allow them to take advantage of growth in their business while bending the operational cost curve for their system. In some organizations, their operational budget is their biggest line-item so being able to meet growth targets while also addressing the time, cost and complexity of servicing the environment can release capital for investment in new product development.  

The team that did this great work has agreed to share the results of their testing in a series of blog articles over the next week.  The first article will be presented tomorrow by Brad Diggs, Principal Field Technologist.  Here are just a few highlights from the results that Brad will share tomorrow on compression:

  • The storage footprint was reduced by as much as 66%.
  • We were able to cache greater than 50% more entries into the filesystem cache.
  • Compression almost completely negated average entry growth that is due to the natural addition of operational attributes and replication metadata over time.
  • The nsslapd-db-page-size could be smaller and more consistent with entry growth over time. 

The other team members will be sharing insights that they learned during the testing so I encourage you to bookmark these blog's and take a look over the next couple of weeks.  The team will be sharing not only the results but the lessons learned.  One of the blog articles will discuss tuning to get better import times as well as how to set-up your own SLAMD environment to test your Directory infrastructure.  Please bookmark the following blog locations to see the results:

Brad Diggs, Principal Field Technologist, here
Ludo Poitou,  OpenDS Community Manager, here
Mark Craig, Directory Integration Team Manager, here
Wajih Ahmed,  Principal Field Technologist, here
Nick Wooler, Directory Server Product Line Manager, here

As you look at your business goals for 2010 and are looking for ways to meet your growth goals while keeping your costs under control then take another look at Directory Server 7.  Does your Directory Server provide you with the proven performance and continued innovation as Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7? 

Monday Mar 09, 2009

Do You See the Glass Half Full?

I must confess that I am an optimist.  Although, recently I think we all have been tempted to take trip over to the dark side even if only for a moment.  Two recent blog posts have pulled me back to the proper side and to see the Glass Half-Full again.  One, by Jonathon Schwartz who in his extremely eloquent and illustrative style reminded everyone why Sun is more relevant than ever.  Two, Daniel Raskin, who posted an interesting blog on Oracle's fortunes during the downturn.  I encourage you to read both.

Each explains why Open Source software like OpenDS, OpenSSO, Glassfish and ZFS (btw...great podcast on ZFS with FLOSS Weekly here)  are more relevant in this market than ever before.  As developers around the globe search for a platform of innovation they choose based on capability and price of acquisition.  They have more time than money.  In the economic downturn that we are all suffering through globally may have impacted trade balances, balance sheets and salaries but it has not impacted people's inclination to innovate.  This is why Sun and Open Source are more relevant than ever.  As Jonathon points out in his overview of Finance 101:

Not to dip into finance 101, when the net present value of a lifetime revenue cycle exceeds the value of a one time purchase, a product or service that initiates the payment stream is either freely distributed (if it has no marginal cost, like software), or subsidized (if it has a hard cost). That's why you see so many free credit cards, free checking account, free mobile phones, free month's rent, free social networking, etc. In the technology world, free is the new black.

Juxtapose this with the news from Daniel Raskin's blog about the current fortunes of Oracle and you wonder who has the right competitive advantage for this current economic environment. 

As I travel and talk to customers about Identity, I have heard similar stories from customers.  One comes to mind where a customer shared that he had an intern that he asked to investigate OpenDS.  Instead of coming back with a slide deck containing a cost benefit analysis and a feature comparison he came back at the end of the week with a working prototype.  After showing it to key stakeholders,  the decision was not about whether it was the right technical choice, rather it was about when to put it in production and how could they get budget to pay for support.  The value of open source is breaking down barriers to innovation. 

This is why I see the Glass Half Full.  People in tough times don't stop innovating.  They just choose different problems and different platforms to innovate upon. 


Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

OpenSSO and Directory Server: Verizon Wireless 75 Million Users Enabled

One of the great things about being the Product Line Manager for Directory Server at Sun is I get to work with great people like Daniel Raskin, Senior Product Line Manager for OpenSSO,  and customers like Damodaram Bashyam, Directory of IT, at Verizon Wireless.  Daniel wrote a great blog today posting the slides and video recording of a recent presentation where I had the great pleasure of introducing Damodaram at Gartner IAM in Orlando last Fall.  The video below from Daniel's blog allows us all to hear about his deployment of OpenSSO and Directory Server.   It is an example of the great content that is presented at Gartner and we hope you will join us for the next Gartner conference in London on March 23-26.  

It is a powerful example of the talented engineers we have at Sun and the results of good partnerships with customers like Verizon.  Scalability and high availability are a part of our DNA at Sun and as you can see from the video and Damodaram's presentation we believe live case studies prove the value of our product better than any controlled benchmark.  Watch and listen:

Here is a quick overview of the performance statistics from the presentation.  Download it here

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