EIC 2010 has ended. And like each year, there are some interesting observations. I'll take three of them:
- The "classical" IAM topics like provisioning or E-SSO are well understood now - and extended.
- Federation becomes reality.
- The cloud impacts IAM - and vice versa.
Federation is becoming reality. It isn't hype anymore - which is a good sign. Interestingly, the federation sessions I've attended at EIC as a panelist or speaker were fully packed - a difference to last year. The value of federation is understood - now it is about implementation.
With the separate Cloud Computing track and the parallel Cloud 2010 Conference we had this year, there was as well a lot of attention on Cloud Computing topics. These sessions were as well crowded. The most important topic was the relationship between the Cloud and IAM/GRC. There were many interesting, though provocing sessions and many practical views, beyond the hype towards the real thing: How can we make the Cloud more secure? And how can we do IAM/GRC in the cloud for internal and external environments? And there were valid answers, not only questions. It was sort of "The Cloud brought down to Earth"...
I'll blog about many of these aspects more in detail over the course of the next weeks.