Another Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) has come and gone, but the hard work we are doing behind the scenes remains.
If you were there in Napa, you heard some software and architecture discussions, saw some sneak peeks and caught a glimpse of the future. If you weren't, here are a few trends we noted.
One thing that was evident this year is that more identity architects are finding their way to CIS with their hopes, concerns and strategies in tow. And we are hearing more already knocking on the door of next year's event.
We see that many IT architects are actively looking for help in rounding off the sharp corners of their identity and access management architectures and strategies.
One said he needs a Swiss Army knife but would settle for an identity bridge between the cloud and his enterprise. That bridge is something we have already built in PingFederate.
As IT is adapting to the cloud, we see that adaptation fostering changes in other places. Many IT architects want all their applications to look like SaaS apps, not just those that live in the cloud. Answering that call means shaking off the bounds of network perimeters, something we are doing and refining for the changing IAM landscape.
"How do I extend to the cloud? Literally, it is through identity," Bob Johnson, director of IT at Accuvant, said during his session as he described his enterprise architecture.
Prognosticators see a future defined by an identity of things, where any device can have an IP address as the first attribute in a more elaborate identity. That future is quickly coming and IAM needs to be ready.
At CIS, Ping CTO Patrick Harding laid out an architecture for that future that is built on a set of modern identity protocols.
Harding's message was that the emerging digital business landscape needs a modernized identity protocol stack that is baked into every application, that scales to Internet proportions, and hides its complexity from developers and end-users.
This standardized secure identity layer is the plug for all these "things" on the Internet .
One thing was clear this year at CIS, identity has moved onto Main St., but there's still some sweeping up to do.