I was somewhere outside of Boulder on the edge of a golf course when the coffee, elevation, and dehydration began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “This feels an awful like Digital ID World used to feel like; maybe I ought to ask Fontana…”
The Glue Conference (1) is all about bringing different bits together: services, workflows, identities, personalities, businesses. Eric and crew do yeoman’s work to bring such a combination of viewpoints and technical meat together in one shiny package.
Quietly and slowly, Glue has started amassing more and more identity content. It is beginning to feel like a mashup of Catalyst and DIDW (circa 2006) This year featured:
- Pamela Dingle (Ping Identity) presenting an intro on the differences bewtween and uses of SAML, OpenId, or Facebook Connect
- Dick Hardt (most recently Microsoft) giving an overview of OAuth 2.0
- Eve Mahler (PayPal) providing quick intro to UMA
- Nishant Kaushik (Oracle) offering new approaches to federated provisioning (2)
- Chris Messina (Google) explaining XAuth
- Brad Fitzpatrick (Google) channeling Steven Wright after way too much coffee, highlighting the merits of WebFinger
If you aren’t familiar with these identity people, know that they represent nice combination of open identity and enterprise identity viewpoints. On the heels of yesterday’s post on stepping out of echo chambers, to me putting this kind of mix of people and perspectives in one place is becoming more and more critical. I like to think that with serendipitous contact comes stronger ideas and as always Glue delivers the serendipity.
(1) Full disclosure – I was an advisor to GlueCon this year.
(2) I’ll be addressing Nishant’s talk in more detail in a following post.