Two days of workshops in the Cloud Identity Summit rear-view mirror and today the conference keynotes and sessions are queued up for kickoff.
Over the past 48 hours there were three-deep crowds into the hallway to lend their ears and their opinions to emerging protocols. Packed rooms to feast on identity architectures that will serve both B2B and B2C scenarios. There were advocates, dissenters, and hitchhikers thumbing rides to identity nirvanas. There were chalk talks, interops and hallway professors. There were Perl +Excel SCIM clients. There were identity bridges, IDaaS, MDM, MAM, MIM, APIs, and AZAs. There were identity angles from among others Microsoft, Google, Radiant Logic, Salesforce.com and Ping Identity. There was Big Data, NSTIC, finance and health care. And thankfully, nothing was pronounced dead.
Finally, there was wine, food and conversation to wrap it all up at day's end.
Today's agenda signals the need for a second wind.
Gunnar Peterson, CTO of Artec Group, will provide his usual perspective from his security perch, and Colin Kincaid, VP of product management, marketing and architecture at Cisco, will explore a network environment that provides "zero sign-on" for cloud services.
Sharing the stage in the opening session will be Ping CEO Andre Durand, talking about identity's impact on what comes next, and Ping CTO Patrick Harding, laying out the characteristics of modern identity.
The afternoon follow-up includes sessions on five tracks focused on privileged identity, ID marketplaces, the analyst view on identity, Enterprises and identity 2.0, and OAuth and OpenID Connect.
And, of course, it will end with wine, food, and conversation to fill in the gaps, question the prognosticators, and plant the next great idea.
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