No, faithful readers, this isn’t a repeat of my last post. The Identity and Privacy Strategies has hired once again… well actually twice again. We snagged two more industry luminaries: Mary Ruddy and Nick Nikols.
You likely know Mary as a keeper of the Identity Commons flame, tireless participant in IIWs, and major contributor to open identity initiatives. Mary joins us from Meristic, a software services company providing strategy and implementation services in “user-centric” identity management and distributed networks. She’s been involved with the Higgins project, FICAM, and NSTIC. I met Mary at the first IIW and am incredibly excited for her to join our family. Mary will be covering federation, WAM, eSSO, authentication, mobility, open identity, and whatever else we can throw at her.
Burton Group, Novell, and Quest customers will know Nick and his long history in identity. Prior to joining the Burton Group in 2003, Nick was the DirXML Architect and Engineering Manager at Novell. Nick held various software engineering positions throughout his decade plus career at Novell. Nick was a Senior Analyst/Senior Consultant with Burton Group from 2003-2006. After leavening Burton Group, Nick returned to Novell as CTO of Security and VP of Product Management. He then joined Quest Corporation where he was most recently the Chief Technology Officer, but he also served as VP and General Manager over the Identity, Security, and Windows Management team. On a personal level, I have always wanted to work with Nick, and Lori and I bolted at the chance to do so.
With Mary and Nick coming aboard, and Heidi having joined us last month, Gartner for Technical Professionals Identity and Privacy Strategies Team is at full strength. I know we’ve been a tad quiet lately, but with a fully staffed team, expect us to be loud in 2013.
P.S.: If you want to meet the team, come to Las Vegas and join us for our IAM Summit in December.
P.P.S: If you can’t make the IAM Summit, you can catch Heidi at EDUCAUSE next week, me at Defrag the week after, and Mary on a webinar at the end of the month.