Thursday Apr 29, 2010

Register Today for this Webinar! Improve Time-to-Market and Reduce Cost with Oracle Directory Services

In some studies, enterprises are spending up to 60% of their IT budgets on operational costs thus impacting the available budget to spend on innovation. The challenge we all face in the identity and IT departments is how to get the most out of our existing licenses and reduce cost where possible in delivering IT projects. One of the costly areas of projects is getting at identity data when it lives in legacy applications. This is especially true when you look at Federation projects, mergers and acquisitions or in data center consolidation projects.

If you are running a Federation project and have to access identity data in legacy or disparate data sources and feel like you are herding cats then this webcast is for you! Virtual directories provide a critical tool for Federation projects as they allow you to expose identity attributes without changing code in legacy applications. Additionally, you have control over how the data is accessed allowing you to manage sensitive service level agreements which can cause difficult political battles in organizations when discussing access.

If you have worked on a data center consolidation project either driven by a merger, acquisition or as part of a cost control exercise you need to have a full bag of tools.  The tools you bring to the project provide the critical agility needed to meet time-lines but also to minimize impact on business operations.  Virtual Directories allow you the ability to connect to data sources without having to alter the application code.  This reduces resource requirements, increases speed but most importantly maximizes business continuity.   

Register here for this webinar and we will look at ways virtual directories can help you become an identity hero in your organization.

Friday Jan 25, 2008

FamFest08 Using Agile to create Demo's

This week has been a lot of fun.  I spent the week in Las Vegas with a great team of Sales Engineers, Software Engineers from Federation Access Manager and our product marketing team.  The goal of the event was to create three customer focused demo's to illustrate how Federation Access Manager can be used by our customers.  I recently moved from the xVM Ops Center team to the Access Manager product marketing team so this was my first opportunity to meet the extended team.  What a talented team.

Terry did a great job of preparing the team for the event by holding several meetings prior to arriving in Las Vegas.  The team worked on developing high-level use cases.  Once in Vegas the team gelled quickly getting to work using agile processes and programming methods to get something tangible to demo via the first day.  I have attended other events with similar objectives and they have not been as productive.  What was really impressive was the hand on nature and knowledge sharing that occurred between the three critical constituencies. The team did blow off some steam at ESPN Zone and Jay-z's new club 40/40.  Everyone left thinking "I wish I could have one of those screens for my superbowl party". 

As Pat Patterson pointed out in his blog earlier in the week here, a number of the team already blog so you can get access to the latest mindshare of the team. 

Lastly, if you are interested in hearing an interesting review of Ping Identity Daniel Raskin was able to put together a great podcast with Ping himself. 

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Sharing 12 years of technology experience as developer, product and program manager, and marketing director. Identity Management, Security, and Product Management issues occupy my mind during the working day. Water Polo keeps me healthy.

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