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I’ve started this blog with the intent to facilitate discussions on identity management that are focused on today’s customer issues. I want to help educate the world about the technology and its power and ability to change the way we do business (for the better). And, I know that all work and no play makes for a very dull blog, so I’ll definitely take time to comment and offer insights on things outside of the identity bubble. I’ll share some ideas I have on how we can run businesses better, how we can be inspirational leaders and build high-performing teams.

My hope is that this blog can help us all to get real, get focused, get to work and start realizing some tangible successes with true results.



About Me (the obligatory formal bio…)

Sara Gates is vice president of identity management at Sun Microsystems and has overall responsibility for driving the Sun identity management vision, strategy and product line. She joined Sun Microsystems in December 2003 through the acquisition of Waveset Technologies, bringing over 15 years of industry experience.

Previously Gates was the director of product management and marketing at Waveset Technologies, a leading provider of identity management solutions. Prior to Waveset, Gates acquired diverse experience in market strategy positions at Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft. Gates holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, where she is currently President of the Board of Directors.



The more colorful version (something someone else wrote for me that I couldn’t help but share!)

Sara Gates, the ebullient, fearless VP of Sun’s identity management business, a fast-growing area of the company’s software business • Responsible for overall strategy, vision and product line • 15 years of industry experience • President of the board of directors of Vanderbilt University • Believes that identity management is required to drive the next wave of computing • Impatient with the current “fear economy” and its deleterious effects on business and society (Sara believes that fundamentally human beings cannot be scared over long periods of time and still continue to thrive) • Fifth-generation Texan • Nancy Drew fan, math nerd and high school cheerleader as a kid • Doesn’t have a television • Lives in a small town outside of Austin • Holds a BA from University of Texas and an MBA from Vanderbilt University • Married to a former rodeo clown turned entrepreneur and has two dogs • Daughter of an opera-singer mother and an engineer father, sister to three older brothers including her fraternal twin • Hobbies include competitive sharp-shooting (trap, skeet and target), tennis, drinking wine and collecting purses.

 
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