Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

Hitching Federation to the collaboration train

Check out the blog below from Eric Norlin of Digital ID World.

Hitching Federation to the collaboration train

I couldn't agree with him more. If we only talk about security when it comes to federation we forget one of the most compelling aspects of the opportunity -- collaboration. Today, collaboration stacks limit flexibility because of dependencies on vendors software infrastructure. For example, you can't deploy IBM's Lotus Connections without the use of IBM Websphere or Microsoft Sharepoint without the use of Microsoft Windows Server System. These types of collaboration stacks place unnecessary infrastructure requirements on the customer.

Federation has the ability to free us of the burden of stack requirements and allow users to pick and choose those collaboration services that best fit their needs. In short, I should be able to easily leverage federation to create a "custom collaboration suite" comprised of those SaaS services that best meet my needs. I should also be able to enable these service regardless of what containers and OS platforms I have deployed.

Why use Lotus connections calendar service when I can use Google Calendar? Why use use IBMs blogging service, when I can use Wordpress? Let the end user choose the collabortion tools that best fit their needs and let's avoid creating a monolithic collaboration stack that is weighted down with infrastructure dependencies.

Peace out!

Monday Dec 31, 2007

FAMTALK . . . Check it out!

The Sales Engineering team and Product Engineering team at Sun recently launched a monthly podcast about Federated Access Manager (the next release of Access Manager and Federation Manager). It's a great source to get a deep understanding of the product and it's breadth of capabilities.

You can . . .

1. Listen at www.famtalk.org

2. Subscribe at iTunes . . .

3. Subscribe to the RSS feed

A big thanks to Terry, Tim, Pat and Steve for pulling this together. It's outstanding!

Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

Sun Beats Other Vendors in Liberty's SAML 2.0 Interop

Liberty Alliance just announced the results of their SAML 2.0 interoperability. Sun had the most comprehensive coverage of any vendor participating. Check out the results . . .

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