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Stuart Kwan, Active Directory and my trip to Redmond

26 April 2007 No Comment

Network World’s done some pieces on the Identity Meta-System (mistakenly called "Microsoft’s Identity meta-system") listed here [LINK] and here [LINK]. Kim comments on them here [LINK]

Last month I traveled to Microsoft to participate in their Customer Advisory Council representing my employer. It was an exciting few days but I left feeling there was still a lot of education that needed to be done at the corporate level around Security Token Services, Identity Providers, Cardspace, the Identity Meta-System and so on.

I first met Stuart early in 2006 on a different visit to Redmond. He was able to attend a few hours of the CAC and gave a REALLY interesting Cardspace Demo which I’m not sure I can blog about so I’ll leave it at that.

This week Stuart discussed the roadmap for Active Directory and how it’s headed towards being an Identity Provider by layering on the Token Service capability which I think is a REALLY exciting enabler. I’d actually built a proof of concept on this (with plenty of help from Microsoft) on this and was able to demo it at the CAC. The response was tremendously positive.

Anyway,  I’ve been mired in various initiatives since then but it’s great to see this stuff finally hitting the market. If you haven’t read up on the ID Meta System I’d recommend it, even as a topic of casual interest. The possibilities with this stuff are really interesting and it’s exciting to have been in on the ground-floor. The IdentityBlog.com’s [LINK] a great place to start.

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