I'm hoping for an exciting session like the one Gartner's Neil MacDonald gave last year titled: "Everything You Know About Identity Management Is Wrong". That was awesome.
Earl Perkins followed Ray Wagner's welcoming comments to the attendees. Earl spent a lot of his time talking about how IAM is maturing and needs to continue to grow up. His session was titled "IAM: Enabling Governance and Risk Management in an Age of Business Challenges". I agree that IAM is growing up but, as Earl stated, it's still a teenager and there's a lot more maturity needed before we really see IAM enabling the business and not just enabling IT. In Earl's words: IAM as a transformational technology. I couldn't agree more. I think we've just barely scratched the surface of IAM as a truly transformational technology. Yes, we've definitely made lots of progress with IAM as an IT enabler but not as a business or transformational technology.
I think this is one of the biggest challenges facing software vendors today. Building that bridge between IT enabling software to business enabling technology. This is a big obstacle to overcome because most of the people who create software come from a computing or IT operational background rather than a business operational background. Sure, many of us in computing have taken business courses but do we actually understand risk management, compliance and audit?
We need - as vendors - to help our customers move from automating infrastructure procedures to enabling business processes. We've started down that path with things like self-service password management, workflow automation, role management and mining (etc.), but we do have a long way to go still.
Earl loves to use quotes in his slides to mix things up. Here's a couple of the most notable ones from his presentation today:
- We can dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I am here to get you back on schedule. - Darth Vader.
- Sooner or later all thinking and planning has to degenerate into work. - Peter Drucker
p.s. Mark your calendars now: Gartner's IAM Summit 2009 will be Nov 9-11 in San Diego, CA
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