Thursday Jun 28, 2007

Catalyst Panel on Identity Services Today

I'll be on a panel today, Thursday, June 28, at Burton's Catalyst at the San Francisco Hilton with a bunch of guys that are a lot smarter than me, but it should be fun. I'll be joining moderator Mark Diodati, good friends Phil Hunt from Oracle and Nick Nikols from Novell, as well as Bill Dettlebeck from BEA and Andy Rappaport from CA. We'll be on from 2:50-3:50pm PT, right after Mark provides his analysis on the topic from 2:20-2:50pm PT. It should be interesting. Join us and bring your comments and questions.

Sunday Jun 24, 2007

Bring Out Your Dead! Bring Out Your Dead!

Time for another Burton Catalyst and this year we'll be doing a Monty Python Holy Grail theme. The first line I think of is "Bring Out Your Dead". It will be a great time and you won't want to miss it. This is Bianca's last event for us and we had to get her out of retirement to do it :-). If you've been to our Catalyst events in the last three years she was the one behind them. She is better known to us as "Producer Bianca" since she produces the Identity Management Buzz podcasts that Brandon and I do, and she also writes the blog. Interesting sidenote, my good friend Pat's brother George was an extra in the film. How cool is that!

We'll have all kinds of demos, including: Identity Manager and Approva, DSEE's virtual directory and new web console, and Federation Manager. We'll also demo our open source projects OpenDS, showing off the APP/Atom work, and OpenSSO, showing off the new Sun OpenID implementation. We will also have several partners in the suite with us, like Deloitte and Vaau with our new Enterprise Role Lifecycle Management offering, and PwC with their Foundations offering.

But what you won't want to miss is a special appearance by our President, CEO and star blogger, Jonathan Schwartz, some time around 6:30. He'll talk a bit about how important Identity Management is to Sun, answer a few questions from the crowd. If you're lucky you can get a picture with him.

If you're attending Catalyst you'll definitely want to stop by, listen to Jonathan, grab a hunk of stuffed pig and check out our demos.

Wednesday Jun 06, 2007

Sun's OpenID IdP is Live!

We made the announcement at JavaOne that Sun was going to deploy an OpenID Identity Provider just for our employees and it went live last night. I have already created a few OpenID identifiers and verified their use. I'm pretty sure Sun is the first company to set up an employee only OpenID IdP. Very cool!

If you are interested in learning more about our deployment - of course we used our own products! - you can read more here or check out this helpful FAQ.

Sunday Jun 03, 2007

Identity User Group in Washington DC June 6, 2007

I'll be in Washington, D.C. this week on June 6th for another of our Identity Management User Group meetings and I'm looking forward to it. I'll be joined by co-workers Sarah Chapman, Suresh Sridharan and Edward Saba. We've had incredible turnouts recently in New York, Dallas, Paris, and Menlo Park, so I expect a good crowd. It's great to hear what people are really doing, where they are having success and even where they are struggling. It's especially fun to see customers connect with each other and reminds me of my days building the identity infrastructure for Caterpillar. I still maintain relationships I started back then with peers at Alcan, Boeing, Exxon, Motorola, and others.

If you are a customer and somehow missed the notification you can still get registered. Here's the agenda. We will be meeting at Hotel Washington.

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