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by Ian Glazer  |  April 18, 2012  |  Comments Off on Our Platform

In case you didn’t notice, it’s an election year here in the States. So having taken over the reins of the IdPS research agenda, I wanted to get a jump on the candidates, and announce the first three planks of our platform:

  • Constraints are good
  • The future is federated
  • Relevance is contextual

Constraints are Good

Constraints force us to be creative. Constraints, whether budgetary or scope, force enterprise identity teams to better prioritize requests, reuse technology, and identify real business needs. And where external constraints don’t exist, teams must self-impose them. Identity teams, acting without self-imposed constraints, promised too much (such as automating provisioning to every major enterprise system) and delivered too little. Where vague requirements exist, clarify them. Where constraints are lacking, self-impose them.

The Future is Federated

The future is federated—regardless of whether your business participates in a federation and regardless of whether you accept third-party issued digital credentials today. To meet the needs of mobile workforce, to weave cloud services with your on-premises services, to have more trustworthy interactions with customers, you will have to federate – even if it is only with yourself. By the way, this is why endeavors such as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) are important.

Relevance is Contextual

Identity management has been successful in offering a core set of services: on-boarding, access management, SSO, etc. If we (identity professionals) continue to only focus on the basics, we will quickly become commoditized IT operations. Identity management needs to maintain continued business relevance by enhancing its ability to adjust to different business contexts. The ability to offer a blend of identity services to meet business requirements is crucial, but to do this you have to have a keen ear for business expectations.

Our Platform, Your Platform

These ideas will inform and influence what the Identity and Privacy Strategies team research and how we communicate in the coming year. But as I said, these are just the first three planks of the platform. As the new agenda manager for the team, I want, I need your input. What topics to do you want to hear about? Where else should we shine a light? I want to hear from you. Stop me in the halls of our upcoming Security Summit or Catalyst. Hit me up on Twitter or via email ( Help us strengthen this platform.

P.S. We are hiring. Want to join the team? Apply here.

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Ian Glazer
Research Vice President and Agenda Manager
4 years at Gartner
16 years IT industry

Ian Glazer is a research vice president and agenda manager on the Identity and Privacy Strategies team. He leads IdPS' coverage for authorization and privacy. Topics within these two main areas include externalized authorization management, XACML, federated authorization, privacy by design, and privacy programs. Read Full Bio

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