In my last blogpost (was it really more than two months ago—I plead CEO-overload!), we looked at how SQL and data integration are essential to the development of a truly useful customer profile. At the end, I promised to step through the process of nurturing relationships, where we guide prospects and customers through each stage,..

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Last week, we took a look at the challenges faced by “traditional IAM” vendors as they try to move into the customer identity space. Such vendors offer web access management and federation packages that are optimized for LDAP/AD and aimed at employees. Now we should contrast that with the new players in this realm and..

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Current Web Access Management Solutions Will Work for the Customer Identity Market—If We Solve the Integration Challenge I find it ironic that within the realm of IAM/WAM, we’re only now discovering the world of customer identity, when the need for securing customer identity has existed since the first business transactions began happening on the Internet…

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How a Federated ID Hub Helps You Secure Your Data and Better Serve Your Customers Welcome back to my series on bringing identity back to IAM. Today we’re going to take a brief look at what we’ve covered so far, then surf the future of our industry, as we move beyond access to the world..

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In my last post on digital context, we took a trip back to logic class, looking at how we could begin to describe our world using “sentences” based on first order logic. This essential “predicate semantics” is the foundation of all mathematics, and hence, computing. In fact, it’s the basis for our most key data..

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We covered the key role of attributes in my last blogpost, moving from the blunter scope of groups and roles to the more fine-grained approach of attributes. Now we’re going to take this progression a step further, as we narrow in on my favorite topic: digital context. (If you haven’t already, check out my first..

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Last week, I introduced my favorite topic—digital context—and laid out a plan for how to consider the case. Today, we’ll dive in with a real-world example, looking at how freeing context from across application silos helps us make more considered, immediate, and relevant access control decisions. For those of you who have been following along..

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I know I’ve been the Old Man of Novato, ranting about context all these years, but the market, the industry, and—most importantly—the technology are finally evolving toward this direction. For the longest time, it was just me and the usual suspects in academia and elsewhere, muttering in our corners about the Semantic Web, but now..

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