Thursday Jul 16, 2009

links for 2009-07-16

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!

Friday Jun 26, 2009

Slides from Javali and FISL 2009

As I blogged the other day, I'm in Brazil this week, speaking at the Javali and FISL conferences in Porto Alegre. I'm all done with my sessions now, and, as promised, here are the slides:

The Javali presentation is a fairly deep dive into OpenSSO's brand new OAuth implementation, while the FISL slides are a higher level overview of identity services in OpenSSO. Grab one or both and mix yourself a caipirinha for the full Brazilian experience

Friday Jun 19, 2009

links for 2009-06-19

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

opensso.br - Javali and FISL 10.0 next week

I just got confirmation that I'm on the bill at the Javali event next Tuesday, June 23, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Javali, organized by SouJava and RSJUG, focuses on Java and free software, and is held immediately prior to FISL (on which more below). I'll be doing quite a deep dive on the secure RESTful web services (via OAuth) work we have going on right now, which was first seen in public a few weeks ago at CommunityOne West and JavaOne. Javali will be at the Porto Alegre Serpro offices, Av. Augusto de Carvalho, 1133, from 09:00 to 20:00. I'm on at 18:30 in the Bill Joy Room, just before the pizza, assuming I make my 1 hour layover in Buenos Aires!

As I mentioned above, Javali precedes FISL, now in its 10th year, South America's biggest open source conference with, according to the FISL home page, over 6000 attendees registered. I spoke at FISL 9.0 last April, and, I have to say, had a GREAT time. I saw an incredible display of energy and enthusiasm for all things open source, from kernel hacking to Ruby on Rails via every application of Java, although I think our evening expeditions in search of churrasco and caipirinhas probably also contributed to my positive recollections

My session this year, 'Open Source Identity Services with OpenSSO', on Friday June 26 at 09:00 in room 40T, looks at the three different approaches we take to identity services in OpenSSO - insulating applications from identity via container plugins, support for standards such as SAML, and lightweight SOAP and REST for interacting directly with OpenSSO. I'll be covering the secure RESTful web services demo again, but it will be a much higher level view than the Javali presentation.

So - probably not enough notice for anyone to book a trip to Brazil, but, if you're going to be there anyway, drop in one one or both sessions and say "Hi"! And bring the cachaça!

UPDATE - slides posted.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

OpenSSO and Identity Federation in Downtown Chicago

If you're in the Chicago area next week you might be interested in attending the Chicago Java Users Group (CJUG) meeting on Tuesday (June 16 2009) - Kiran Ramineni, Principal at Ramp Info, will be presenting on OpenSSO and Identity Federation. The event starts at 6pm in the Lewis Towers Ballroom, Beane Hall at Loyola University of Chicago, and is free to CJUG members and first time guests. Sounds like a bargain to me, so get yourself down there next Tuesday night and then leave a comment here to let us know how it went!

Thursday Jun 11, 2009

OpenSSO enables 30,000 new Google Apps business users at Valeo

Among the OpenSSO-related news items that popped up while I had my head down over the past few weeks, I noticed the Google Blog entry and Valeo press release concerning the global industrial group's Google Apps deployment - 30,000 Valeo employees now have access to a new communication and collaborative working platform based on Google Apps Premier Edition and supported by Capgemini, one of the largest enterprise deployments of Google Apps to date.

It's not mentioned in either story, but, if you a regular reader of Superpatterns, you'll already know that Capgemini deployed OpenSSO at Valeo to handle single sign-on, allowing Valeo employees to access their email at Google via their Valeo credentials, without having to manage a separate Google username/password.

If you're looking at Google Apps, click here to download the 'starter kit' we recently produced, which explains exactly how to set up single sign-on to Google Apps using OpenSSO.

Tuesday Jun 09, 2009

Back after JavaOne 2009

Wow - is it really over a month since my last blog entry? I guess that's what happens when you get your head down into a project - in this case, building a demo for CommunityOne West and JavaOne 2009 to show off the latest OpenSSO features.

The demo brought together a number of existing Java technologies - the Java Persistence API (JPA), the Jersey implementation of JAX-RS (aka JSR 311) on both the client and server, and JavaFX - with some new aspects of OpenSSO - fine-grained authorization (aka entitlements), OAuth protocol support, and a JDBC data store. Briefly, the demo centered on a cellphone account management system delivered as a JavaFX rich Internet application (RIA) client and a (more or less) RESTful web service back-end, communication between them secured by OAuth.

I'll be uploading source code for the demo client and server apps to the OpenSSO project in the next few days, as well as documenting how to bring up the demo environment. Watch this space for updates!

Wednesday May 06, 2009

The Fedlet - 'Best Innovation' Award Winner at the European Identity Conference

Sitting next to The Smoking Monkey here at Sun's Open IAM day in Brussels, I just got word that the Fedlet last night won the 'Best Innovation' award at the European Identity Conference 2009. In Kuppinger Cole's words:

In the category “Best innovation”, the award went to the OpenSSO initative, founded and supported by Sun Microsystems. Their project, OpenSSO Fedlet has provided a lean solution for the Identity Federation.

This capped a fantastic week for us at EIC2009 - our second OpenSSO Community Day, hosted here on Tuesday, was a great success, with about 50 attendees coming together for a full day of presentations and discussions centering on OpenSSO. I've started uploading slides to the event wiki page - more will arrive over the next few days as I receive them from the presenters.

Felix Gaehtgens managed to corner me on the Sun booth on Wednesday - here's what I had to say about the OpenSSO Community Day and the latest Fedlet news:

Friday May 01, 2009

Thomson Reuters on deploying OpenSSO Enterprise to a Global User Base

About a month ago, Nick mentioned a presentation that Chris Lucock, head of Enterprise Architecture desktop products for Thomson Reuters, had given at March's Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit in London. The video for this presentation has just gone online and, like the last Gartner video I blogged, by Damo Bashyam of Verizon Wireless, it's got some great information on a large scale real world deployment of OpenSSO Enterprise.

In the video, Chris explains how OpenSSO is on track to provide single sign-on across Thomson Reuters' Markets services to 330,000 users worldwide by the end of 2011. In many ways it's a very different deployment to Verizon Wireless; 1% of the user base in terms of sheer numbers, but far more complex in terms of the services provided. One example: Thomson Reuters have implemented 'exclusive access', controlling the numbers of concurrent users of third party services (and thus Thomson Reuters' costs) by ensuring that each user only has a single session active at any time, for example, terminating a desktop session left open over lunch when a user logs in from their mobile phone. Another good one: single sign-on is provided across services delivered by the public internet and Thomson Reuters' private network, again allowing cost savings as streaming video can be more cheaply delivered via the internet while sensitive financial data is more tightly controlled.

There's much more in the video, including integrations with Siebel and the Reuters Messaging product, so spend a few minutes with Chris, exploring OpenSSO at Thomson Reuters...

Wednesday Apr 29, 2009

Federating to Google Apps with OpenSSO - Open Source Starter Kit

It's been possible to configure OpenSSO for single sign-on (SSO) to Google Apps ever since Google implemented the SAML 2.0 protocol for federated SSO back in 2006. Last year, I covered Wajih Ahmed and Marina Sum's article on implementing SSO between OpenSSO and Google Apps, which described precisely how to quickly get it up and running. The process took about 10 or 15 minutes, but involved editing an XML configuration file, which does introduce some, uh, opportunity for user error.

So, we looked at how we could streamline the process, making it as foolproof as possible, and, in OpenSSO Express Build 7, built a task flow specifically for federating with Google Apps. The new task flow is described in one of the first open source starter kits for Sun's identity products - Federating to Google Apps with OpenSSO (the other starter kit covers setting up OpenDS as a Naming Service for OpenSolaris). We now have the process down to less than four minutes, and it's so easy, even a smoking monkey can do it

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

New and Updated Policy Agents for OpenSSO

We released four new 'version 3.0' policy agents for OpenSSO today:

These join the existing version 3.0 policy agents for Sun Glassfish Enterprise Server (formerly known as Sun Java System Application Server) 8.x/9.x (documentation, download) and Oracle/BEA WebLogic Server/Portal 10 (documentation, download). While the 3.0 agents add centralized configuration and some other features, it's important to note that all of the version 2.2 agents are tested and supported with OpenSSO.

Friday Apr 17, 2009

OpenSSO Tab Sweep - Apr 17 2009

A celebration this week and events over the next month in the world of OpenSSO...


So - there you have it - a packed few weeks in OpenSSO-land, and evidence that the OpenSSO community is as active IRL (in real life) as on IRC (Internet relay chat)

Thursday Apr 16, 2009

Out Now - OpenSSO Express Build 7!

As announced yesterday on the OpenSSO users mailing list, OpenSSO Express Build 7 is now available!. Congratulations and thanks to the OpenSSO team for their hard work, and to the whole OpenSSO community for continued support in the form of issue reports, patches and other contributions.

So, what's new in Express Build 7? Here are some highlights - full details are in the release notes

The other question going through your mind may be "What on earth is an 'Express Build', anyway?". The short answer is that an OpenSSO Express build is a supported 'snapshot' of development between full 'OpenSSO Enterprise' releases. The long answer is on the OpenSSO wiki.

Saturday Mar 28, 2009

OpenSSO on Java.net front page...

Following in Ludo's footsteps I have to say thank you to Marina for getting OpenSSO onto the java.net front page:

As Ludo mentioned, Marina is looking for new opportunities - if you need a top flight technical author, then email me at <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> </script> and I'll pass your message on to her.

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