Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

Coming Up - Burton Catalyst Conference 2009 - and Don Bowen - in San Diego!

There's DIDW, IIW and even the SSO Summit, but, for me, the premier identity conference of the year is still Burton Catalyst. I've been going since (if I remember correctly) Burton Catalyst Europe, 2002, in Munich, and it's always a great industry gathering, with thought provoking sessions and fun hospitality suites (so much better than an expo floor!).

This year, from July 27th-31st, Catalyst returns to San Diego, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, and Sun's identity team, as usual, is hosting it's very own hospitality suite, on the evening of Wednesday July 29th. The theme for 2009 is Hip Hop - East Coast vs West Coast.

We'll have a break-dancing crew, 'signature East Coast/West Coast munchies', a whole bunch of demos, one-to-ones with Sun's identity domain experts (and me), and much, much more. It promises to be a VERY fun night. If you haven't yet registered for Catalyst, here's some good news, Burton are offering discounts on registration for 'Sun friends' - register at the Burton site with super-secret priority code sunFriend and we'll see you on the night!

Switching gears slightly, it was at my very first Catalyst, at Munich, back in 2002, that I first met Don Bowen, then (again, if my memory serves me) technical product manager for Sun Directory Server. We worked together in product management for a couple of years, and remained very close friends when I returned to engineering in early 2005.

If you know Don at all, you'll be aware that he's been fighting brain cancer since late 2007. In characteristic Don style, he's not taking it lying down, but battling away in great spirit, documenting the journey in regular blog entries. It's inspiring stuff, and puts most people's day to day travails into pretty sharp perspective. Anyway, the good news... make that GREAT news, is that Don will be at Catalyst this year, and a few of us have organized a post-hospitality suite get together to share a few beers and (if past experience is anything to go by) a lot of laughs with Don. It's on Wednesday July 29th, the same night as the Sun hospitality suite, at Henry's Pub, 614 5th Ave (between G St and Market St), about 15 minutes walk north of the Hilton. Full details are at the Meetup page we created for the event. Please RSVP if you're planning on joining us!

UPDATE Eve also covers the Project Concordia workshop being held on the Monday: Use Cases Driving Identity in Enterprise 2.0: The Consumerization of IT and the Cloud SSO Interop Demo, in which Sun is participating with OpenSSO. Two more reasons to be in San Diego the last week of July!

UPDATE 2 Get into the Sun hospitality suite FREE!

Monday Apr 07, 2008

RSA Conference 2008 - Concordia done, OSIS to go

If you're wondering where I've been lately, I was holed up preparing our interoperability demo for the Project Concordia workshop at RSA 2008 today, showing SAML 2.0/WS-Federation single sign-on from a service provider to an identity provider, the identity provider authenticating the user via a managed information card and sending claims from the card to the service provider as SAML 2.0 attributes. Note - if you clicking around there, not every combination of SAML 2.0/WS-Federation SP, IdP and Information Card STS completely works, but enough that the approach was proven. As promised, Here are the slides from my presentation today.

So... Tomorrow and Wednesday are OSIS I3 Interop, in Purple Room 220/222. Come along, say hi and check out how we're doing on those interoperability matrices...

Friday Sep 21, 2007

All-New Fall Schedule

I have a packed schedule this fall - well, packed for me, anyway:

First up, next week, is Digital ID World at the Hilton in San Francisco. I'll be there for Sun's reception on Monday evening and the Concordia workshop on Wednesday. The last Concordia workshop, colocated with Burton Catalyst, back in June, gave some great insights into some real-world identity interoperability, with George Fletcher of AOL [PDF], Mike Beach of Boeing [PDF], Jim Heaton of GM [PDF], Ian Bailey of the BC Government [PDF] and Georgia Marsh of GSA [PDF] explaining the interop issues they are facing, as well as some notable successes. This time round, representatives of Chevron, InCommon and the State Services Commission of the New Zealand Government will be presenting. Admission is free - just add yourself to the wiki.

Next month, from October 23rd to 25th, is the Liberty Alliance plenary meeting in Tokyo. The plenary meeting is Liberty members-only, but there is an open workshop day on the Friday. On the packed bill are Roger Sullivan of Oracle, Makoto Hatakeyama of NEC, Paul Madsen of NTT, Prateek Mishra of Oracle, Yukio Itakura of the Institute of Information Security, Colin Wallis of the New Zealand State Services Commission, Ken Ojiri of NTT, Brett McDowell of the Liberty Alliance, Kenji Takahashi of NTT and my good self. I will be presenting an update on open source identity at Sun - OpenSSO, OpenDS and... well, you'll have to wait and see. The event is free - just register here.

November brings my first ever trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 8th, to talk to the Triangle Linux Users Group. They've given me 2 hours (the fools!) to wax lyrical on identity from LDAP to SAML and beyond. Attendance is free and open, so, if you're in the Triangle area, come along. It starts at 7pm and, apparently, there is pizza.

Finally, in December, the good folks at Javapolis in Antwerp have kindly invited me to present 3 sessions - one each on SAML 2.0, Liberty ID-WSF 2.0 and OpenSSO. Hmm - I must submit those abstracts... I'm afraid you have to pay this time, but, at 410 Euros for the entire week (December 10th - 14th), it's great value. Here's the registration page.

So - there you have it - come along to one of the events, say hi, eat pizza and find out about identity, federation and OpenSSO

Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

Concordia Workshop June 26 2007

Well, I was going to type up my notes from the Project Concordia workshop yesterday, but it looks like the two Marks (Dixon and Wahl) comprehensively beat me to the punch. Much good stuff, particularly the GSA eAuthentication presentation, which detailed the issues involved in rolling out federation across the Federal Government. It was also refreshing to see folks from Microsoft and the OpenID and Liberty Alliance communities engaging most constructively. Seems like Concordia was appropriately named.

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