Earl Perkins

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Identity in 2011: Anything but Dull

by Earl Perkins  |  January 6, 2011  |  1 Comment

I watched throughout December 2010 at all of the “predictions” and “projections” for the coming year, and was somewhat depressed. I am not that good at making predictions, an unwise admission as an analyst. It’s fun as long as no one takes you seriously, otherwise it can be a problem. I am however a lover […]

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Additional Observations on the Attachmate Acquisition of Novell

by Earl Perkins  |  November 23, 2010  |  4 Comments

As the details of Attachmate’s acquisition of Novell become available, I wanted to add a few more observations to the discussion. First, I’m struck by the level and intensity of interest in the acquisition itself. While Novell has been in the industry for many years (founded in 1979!), its revenues and relative size seem out […]

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The End of an Era: Attachmate Acquires Novell

by Earl Perkins  |  November 22, 2010  |  4 Comments

I knew that I would have to write this blog at some point in 2010, but I didn’t know when. Attachmate’s acquisition of Novell for $2.2B signals the end to an era. Novell represents one of the original key players in the network operating system and identity management period from the early 1990s until today. In […]

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The Motivations for Feeding Frenzies: IAM Acquisitions

by Earl Perkins  |  October 5, 2010  |  2 Comments

Alright, alright, that’s enough. It seems like every week now we’re reading about one company buying another– this morning it is Oracle acquiring long-time partner Passlogix in the enterprise single sign-on space. In previous weeks news of IAM and security-centric acquisitions have reached a fever pitch: CA and Arcot, VMware and TriCipher, Quest and Voelcker Informatik, […]

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Time for Intelligence and Clarity in IAM

by Earl Perkins  |  August 24, 2010  |  1 Comment

Something interesting is developing in the identity and access management arena. It isn’t new– if you look closely, you’ll recognize it from countless other technologies and processes that progress to maturity. IAM is no different. What I’m seeing is the maturing of intelligence. Now I know you are tempted to make some jokes here, like intelligence and IAM […]

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A Tour of Recent IAM Industry News

by Earl Perkins  |  July 23, 2010  |  Comments Off

No, I didn’t pass on or even up– I’ve just been remiss in talking with you, and even responding to some great feedback. Please accept my apologies– I will redouble efforts not to be a stranger in our own blog. How embarrassing. In this blog, I wanted to make a few observations about the IAM market and […]

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The IAM Vendor Dilemma

by Earl Perkins  |  June 15, 2010  |  1 Comment

Hello there. For those that actually read this blog, you are no doubt wondering whether or not I died or moved on to other pursuits. As I frequently say to friends and colleagues alike, never assume a conspiracy when mere ignorance will do. Or in this case, mere laziness on my part. There has been […]

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Looking at the big picture about IAM

by Earl Perkins  |  May 10, 2010  |  3 Comments

“IAM really isn’t a technology issue…we tend to seek an external answer to what is essentially an internal issue”.

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The Myth of Smart Grid Security- A Response

by Earl Perkins  |  April 14, 2010  |  7 Comments

It was a privilege to be mentioned in Andy Bochman and Jack Danahy’s 13 April blog at http://smartgridsecurity.blogspot.com/ on a recent research note Gartner produced on smart grid security. I wanted to add to the conversation Andy and Jack have created with the blog, both for further clarification and hopefully a little education as well for […]

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Handling Change in IAM: Vendors and Customers

by Earl Perkins  |  April 12, 2010  |  1 Comment

I recently completed a move into a newly-built home, my first (and hopefully only) experience with building a home. In all of the chaos of getting things done, it struck me how there are similarities in moving and the IAM market. Yes, I know you can make analogies about almost anything, but stay with me […]

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