Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Launch Coverage

I covered the OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 launch event yesterday - here is a selection of the more interesting articles and quotes in reaction to the announcement:

• Sun's press release has Chris Harvison, an Enterprise Architect at Scotiabank, looking forward to deploying OpenSSO: "Sun OpenSSO Enterprise brings innovations such as Fedlets and multi-protocol support that will simplify the on-boarding of new federation partners and reduce the costs of doing so. The new tools provide a means to quickly and economically drive SSO across our global organization."
• In Sun goes commercial with OpenSSO, Network World quotes Gerry Gebel of analyst firm The Burton Group: “We are seeing a growing interest in OpenSSO and open source in general. People are looking for different options on software licensing and support. They are not always happy with the price tag on commercial software licenses.”
• Meanwhile, SearchSecurity.com quotes Andras Cser of Forrester Research in its article Sun launches open source OpenSSO for identity management: "If something is open source, you get a whole community feeling, a community buzz around the product. The features are one thing, but at the end of the day, you really want to have a developer community and commercially available implementation talent for software."
Felix Gaehtgens of European analysts Kuppinger Cole closes his article Sun's new Access Manager is now OpenSSO Enterprise "With some sarcasm, many IT professional note that 'Express' is a synonym for 'limited' and 'Enterprise' is a synonym for 'Expensive'. Sun will have to educate its customers that this is certainly not the case for OpenSSO." Message received and understood, Felix!
• Finally, Redmonk's Michael Coté interviews Daniel and me on OpenSSO's support for single sign-on to software as a service (SSO to SaaS, if you're feeing terse), including demos of single sign-on to Google and SalesForce.com, plus Rajeev's OpenSSO QuickStart prototype.

OpenSSO in Second Life

I went to the launch of OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 (press release) this morning in Second Life, hosted by none other than the IdentiCat - Daniel Raskin, and my boss, director of engineering for OpenSSO - Jamie Nelson. It was definitely a different experience from a traditional webinar - there was audio and slides, but somehow it was more immersive, sitting in the hall with the other attendees. Some technical glitches, but, all in all, a great event.

(Confession - the image (click on it for a larger version) is a composite - when that slide was up, Daniel was off flying somewhere, and when he was sitting down, I just had a gray screen where the slide should have been).

UPDATE - if you missed the Second Life event, you can catch the replay!

Friday Sep 05, 2008

IdentiCat - captured on film

They Said It Couldn't Be Done

Behold - a picture of the IdentiCat - clear evidence of its existence! Close examination of this video, revealed today by IdentiCat witness Daniel Raskin, shows the creature frolicking on Sun Island in Second Life, rehearsing his forthcoming presentation on OpenSSO Enterprise 8. Click here to reserve your place in the audience, in Second Life, on September 30. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a gross of gentleman's jackets to load onto my tractor...

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