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Guest Blog: View from the Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit



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December 1, 2006 7:06 pm

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From Sarah Mees, Novell’s product marketing manager for security and identity”¦

Gartner’s first ever Identity and Access Management (IAM) Summit just wrapped today, and overall the reviews are pretty good – especially for a first time event. Gartner did its part by securing attendance from more than 600 IT professionals and the content was solid, if not revolutionary. One of the highlights for me was a keynote by Larry Lessig, author of several books on technology, culture and public policy and currently a professor of law at Stanford. REALLY sharp guy and entertaining presenter. Interestingly, while Professor Lessig is on the board of the Free Software Foundation and chairs the Creative Commons project, this keynote was about as close as Gartner came to touching upon the expanding intersection of Open Source and Identity issues.

On the other hand, the IAM vendor community continues to explore identity challenges in open source, and Oracle used this event to announce its Open Initiative to Help Organizations Govern Identity Information Across Enterprise Applications. We look forward to working with Oracle and other vendors as the industry comes together to help solve the identity challenge for our customers.

Other highlights of this event for me include a presentation on Enterprise Role Management by Roberta Witty, Research VP for Gartner. This is clearly the next step for organizations as they seek to simplify identity management in the enterprise. It’s not an area that is getting a lot of attention just yet but it’s only a matter of time. Roberta did another presentation on provisioning deployments that was so packed I couldn’t really get in there – so clearly provisioning remains a top priority for organizations and this is good news for Novell. Identity Manager 3 continues to be a best seller for us and we have more good stuff on the way, so stay tuned.

I’d also be remiss if I did not extend thanks to one of our customers who presented on our behalf at this event. John Taft, Manager of Information Systems for the State of Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. These guys have done some great work with our products, and as we learned in some of the government specific sessions at the conference, they are way ahead of their peers when it comes to provisioning and SSO.

Next week I’m off the the second installment of the Internet Identity Workshop this year and I’m really excited about this opportunity to show off some of the great work we’ve achieved with the Bandit project. I’ll fill you in on that trip next week”¦until then”¦

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