IT Reimagined – Better Governance Ahead

I have been seeing a lot of articles like this lately, and it seems everyone might think the sky is falling. Truth is, the smart IT guys will just move on to IT In the cloud. Really don’t think that a battle is being lost here because the business wins, and for shareholders in IT, they win too. As governance goes, we need to have better visibility and control of applications and data inside the firewall as well as across the SaaS (PaaS, IaaS, et al.) ecosystem.

Sort of been talking about this for awhile now. If there is one thing we should be talking more about as an industry, it is that we need better governance and to talk more about integration, management and security shaping our priorities and stop all the whining about the end of IT.

Scope for better governance

Scope for better governance

From Gustav Mahler to Identity & Access Governance


I love classical music and I love a Gustav Mahler symphony even more. Symphonies, to the uninitiated ear, can sound a lot more like noise than music. To the music lover, a symphony is an expression of art in the highest form, a source a great pleasure and beauty to behold. One of my favorite […]

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Doesn’t Anybody Use IdM Standards Anymore?

Phil Collins

When I am not at work thinking about solving tough issues in Cloud & Enterprise Identity & Access management, I have music on my brain. Music has a way of calming frayed nerves…yet it also has a way of inspiring moments of pure genius. This is one of those times for me. Or maybe not […]

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The State of Cloud Security and IAM at VMworld 2013

It’s been a hectic week as more than 20,000 folks landed in downtown San Francisco for VMworld this week. VMworld has grown to nearly the same scale and grandeur of Oracle Open World, though not quite yet, though it is big enough that it seems time stands still, meetings are postponed or cancelled all week […]

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Dismantling Your Legacy Identity Management

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. – W. H. Auden If you have ever (or currently do) feel that way about your Oracle or legacy […]

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You and your IdM Career

Bay Area from the Air

I have to say that I feel very fortunate that I have not had to change jobs frequently since I started my career in IT back in 1998. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. I departed sooner than I had hoped from my first two gigs in sales working for Microsoft solution providers, though each […]

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Managing IAM In Uncertain Times – 2012 Edition

Managing IdM In Uncertain Times 2009

Better late than never, they say. So first of all Happy New year to you and I wish all the readers of my blog the very best health, happiness and success in managing IAM projects in 2012! I am writing this post from Bangalore, India where I am wrapping up the final touches on a […]

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Competition Heats Up In Enterprise Software

Flaming maple in California

I haven’t blogged here for awhile, and being honest there is extraordinary change happening in our industry that anything I posted here could need to be re-written. In the meanwhile, the business of enterprise software is coming under intense pressure as I imagined it would as cheaper and more robust applications and services come online. […]

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Is the Age of Virtualization upon us?

VMware Snapshot Manager

This week I relished in the announcement here and this Metalink article that Oracle recently made about support for running Oracle on VMware virtualized environments. Then again, for those of us who have been doing the same for awhile now, it’s not *that* big of a deal. Or is it? Having spent a fair amount […]

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My Thoughts on IdAM for 2011


Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been a couple months since my last post, so I thought I’d better get with the program and keep fresh updates coming. In addition to a few other goals of mine for the new year, which I’m sure a lot of you have as well, writing more about IdM and […]

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