Geography Lesson

Since I started blogging, the number of visitors to the site has grown dramatically and I thank all of you for stopping by. Our readership spans the entire globe with people coming from 30 countries on all major continents, everywhere from Finland and Russia to Qatar and South Korea. United (more...)

Geography Lesson

Since I started blogging, the number of visitors to the site has grown dramatically and I thank all of you for stopping by. Our readership spans the entire globe with people coming from 30 countries on all major continents, everywhere from Finland and Russia to Qatar and South Korea. United States is leading the way in terms of visits but I am slightly disappointed in coverage. We only have 40 states out of 50 showing up. I can understand Montana, Wyoming and both Dakotas missing in action but Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma need to wake up and discover the (more...)

Virtual truth (chapter 1)

I saw a note by Mark Wilcox on his blog regarding Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) and SharePoint. Mark's note details how among other things OVD could be used to provide a unified LDAP-based view of users in multiple Active Directory forests not bound by a trust mechanism. If you've ever encountered SharePoint and multiple forests, the OVD solution is priceless (ok, they might charge a little per processor). This made me think about other interesting use cases for using a virtual directory but before going to outer edges of the galaxy, I'll cover the basic scenario first.

We'll (more...)

Virtual truth (chapter 1)

I saw a note by Mark Wilcox on his blog regarding Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) and SharePoint. Mark's note details how among other things OVD could be used to provide a unified LDAP-based view of users in multiple Active Directory forests not bound by a trust mechanism. If you've ever (more...)

Beeping in Minnesota

I used to live near train tracks. By train I mean the old-school garden variety industrial animal that huffed, puffed and choo-chooed loud enough to rattle the double-paned glass windows in my house. On days when the train density approached positive infinity (must have been a shortage of cucumbers somewhere) and the noise levels exceeded the wildest dreams of experimental music fans, I dreamt I was in one of those Japanese shinkansen trains that silently fly at 360 miles per hour. My dreams were rudely interrupted by incessant beeping (beep jeep, say 30 times fast) and (more...)

Beeping in Minnesota

I used to live near train tracks. By train I mean the old-school garden variety industrial animal that huffed, puffed and choo-chooed loud enough to rattle the double-paned glass windows in my house. On days when the train density approached positive infinity (must have been a shortage of cucumbers (more...)

Slow burn

For those of you who read this blog but have yet to subscribe, I've got a business proposition for you. You attach yourself to our FeedBurner-powered wisdom and I'll write a haiku or a limerick celebrating a topic of your choice. The poems will be published on this blog and you will enjoy many years of fame and fortune (if you play the lottery and win). Naturally you'll have to claim your subscription by commenting on this post or contacting us privately. Since FeedBurner doesn't advertise identities of subscribers, we'll have to trust your word but to paraphrase (more...)

Slow burn

For those of you who read this blog but have yet to subscribe, I've got a business proposition for you. You attach yourself to our FeedBurner-powered wisdom and I'll write a haiku or a limerick celebrating a topic of your choice. The poems will be published on this blog and (more...)

A Flock of Seagulls (Feeling Entitled)

If you read my previous blog on entitlements, you might think that it's not a big deal. After all, how much management overhead can there really be for a few groups in Active Directory that represent entitlements? Jackson Shaw from Quest Software quotes a customer in his blog as saying that

We have over 300,000 groups (distribution lists, security groups) scattered across our company. Forget about "managing" them! I'd simply like to know if they are even being used let alone what for!!

Quest's products deal with Active Directory and groups and my entitlement example uses Active Directory and (more...)

A Flock of Seagulls (Feeling Entitled)

If you read my previous blog on entitlements, you might think that it's not a big deal. After all, how much management overhead can there really be for a few groups in Active Directory that represent entitlements? Jackson Shaw from Quest Software quotes a customer in his blog as (more...)

Show Me the Money (Feeling Entitled)

It has become popular during these challenging economic times to wonder and speculate about the root cause of that sinking feeling in everyone's financial stomach. Were the lenders so greedy that they overlooked basic risks by lending left and right or were the home buyers so greedy that they overlooked basic risks by going into debt with insane loads? My money (the green, eco-friendly variety) is on both; everyone had a hand in the cookie jar via chopped-up CDOs but you have to dig deeper. After all, we're searching for roots and in my humble opinion the source (more...)

Show Me the Money (Feeling Entitled)

It has become popular during these challenging economic times to wonder and speculate about the root cause of that sinking feeling in everyone's financial stomach. Were the lenders so greedy that they overlooked basic risks by lending left and right or were the home buyers so greedy that they overlooked (more...)

What’s in your wallet?

We've been tweeting, tweeing and twalking on Twitter (feel free to follow us) and it's been an interesting ride. Thanks to a tweet by Nishant Kaushik, my former illustrious colleague (still illustrious), I had the privilege of reading a recently released Oracle whitepaper about an Oracle Identity Manager implementation at Agilent.

The whitepaper talks about decreasing the cost of access requests and quarterly audits as the primary business driver behind the implementation. The other usual drivers of improved security and better compliance are either down or not on the list. While the emphasis on cost as a business driver (more...)

What’s in your wallet?

We've been tweeting, tweeing and twalking on Twitter (feel free to follow us) and it's been an interesting ride. Thanks to a tweet by Nishant Kaushik, my former illustrious colleague (still illustrious), I had the privilege of reading a recently released Oracle whitepaper about an Oracle Identity Manager implementation (more...)

Opt me in, opt me out

Mike Conklin at University of Rochester is blogging about his experience while going through various stages of an identity management project. One of Mike's academic exercises (as he puts it) is anwering a question of how to manage mailing list membership. Mike writes that “after posing this question to several vendors in our IdM evaluation meetings, I actually think that there are no current solutions out there that will allow you to create dynamic distribution lists with opt-in/opt-out capabilities".

No current solutions? Sounds like a challenge to me and boy do we like a challenge here at Identigral. (more...)

Opt me in, opt me out

Mike Conklin at University of Rochester is blogging about his experience while going through various stages of an identity management project. One of Mike's academic exercises (as he puts it) is anwering a question of how to manage mailing list membership. Mike writes that “after posing this question to (more...)

Burning and looting

For those of you who like FeedBurner, you can subscribe to our feed at http://feeds.identigral.com/identigral . Unfortunately we can't change the RSS link on the right so it'll continue pointing to www.identigral.com/blog/rss. If the feed moves from www.identigral.com to some other universe (underverse?), (more...)

Burning and looting

For those of you who like FeedBurner, you can subscribe to our feed at http://feeds.identigral.com/identigral . Unfortunately we can't change the RSS link on the right so it'll continue pointing to www.identigral.com/blog/rss. If the feed moves from www.identigral.com to some other universe (underverse?), we won't lose you and you won't lose us. If you've already subscribed to the feed off the website, no need to resubscribe via FeedBurner...unless you're one of those law-and-order-everything-must-be-neat-tagged-and-categorized kind of person. In that case, you're welcome to click on the animated headline (forever stuck in its frozen (more...)

Will the real Oracle Identity Management please stand up (part III)

Read Parts I and II

For those of you who got here without reading parts I and II of this novel, I don't blame you. 140 character summary is available by request, please drive through. We're finally ready to answer the question that prompted this blog mini-series :

Question: What (more...)

Will the real Oracle Identity Management please stand up (part III)

Read Parts I and II

For those of you who got here without reading parts I and II of this novel, I don't blame you. 140 character summary is available by request, please drive through. We're finally ready to answer the question that prompted this blog mini-series :

Question: What is Oracle Identity Management? I've heard that it requires Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Application Server. Is it possible to deploy it as a stand-alone application or with <insert your favorite directory> and <insert your favorite app server>

If you haven't read parts I and II, you wouldn't know this (more...)