HP and the death of IDM.

March 5, 2008 at 9:27 AMHenrik Nilsson

Hewlett Packard has decided not to continue their IDM product (I didn´t really know they had any) and Jackson Shaw (IDM Guru at Quest, former Microsoft)  have in his last blog post declared Metadirectory dead since it never have and never will been internet ready... http://jacksonshaw.blogspot.com/2008/03/you-wont-have-me-to-kick-around-anymore.html 

Already 2006 Jackson Shaw wrote this about Identity Management...
"is only the aspirin to the headache we have engineered for ourselves. What are we (end-users, companies, ISVs and platform vendors) doing to solve the root cause of that headache - interoperable authentication, authorization and identity protocols? Identity management is still meta-directory on steroids except we have built our house of cards even higher now."

Sad but this is a fact and the future will be "Identity 2.0" - Webb Services, OpenID, Identity Cards, CardSpace etc. The questions for the future that believe it or not is already here is how we IDM consultants should handle this, how this fits within "Enterprise Identity" and how the products we know and work with can be used with and coexist with "Identity 2.0"?

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The first entry

February 23, 2008 at 10:06 PMHenrik Nilsson

So I have started blogging and the reason is because I finally have found a topic to focus on in my career and that is Identity Management using Microsoft products.

So far I have been working with MIIS/ILM for two years but as a general dotnet developer I have had to take almost any assignment from ASP.Net development to architecture to database design and I'm really glad I've had the oppurtunity to gain such wide knowledge during the years I've been working with software development and I'm sure I will have use for most of it in the future even thought Identity Management will be my main concern.

A lot of things seem to happen in the Identity Management area from Redmond, a brand new product is about to be released later this year, the ILM2 and it has a lot more functionality than previous versions and I have been struggling to set up a beta environment but have not finished yet since there has been a lot of problems on the way, for example the dotnet framework beta 2 requirement and I can tell you getting hold of the beta from a released software is not as easy as it sounds.

Identity Management has as I see it mainly been a task for the IT department to simplify thier work but now there is a change where IM is becoming more of a business requirement due to Sarbanes Oxley and other regulatory acts like 21 CFR Part 11, Gramm-Bliley, HIPAA, and HSPD-12.

My goal with this blog is to spread my knowledge how to write code for MIIS/ILM since that is what I know and hopefully that will help some of you out there and for that I would appreciate any feedback!

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