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Darmstadt, December 11, 2009 - Multiple login procedures with different user name/password combinations are often productivity-sapping inconvenience for employees. Corporate regulations on password complexity do not provide sufficient security. Users just write down complex passwords instead of memorizing them. Such practices are a great security risk making vital data easily accessible to unauthorized personal. Secure SignOn for Enterprise Single Sign-On (E-SSO) ensures high user acceptance, high user productivity, and efficiency by significantly reducing helpdesk calls and by reducing the time required to login to various business applications. These factors result in a rapid and large Return-on-Investment (ROI) after only a short period of time. About Secure SignOn Secure SignOn provides a comprehensive Enterprise Single Sign-On (E-SSO) solution based on an Activ... (more)

Servers, Energy Consumption & Green IT

Darmstadt, December 22, 2009 - “I live responsibly on this planet. Whether politicians the world over are concerned or not, I am concerned about global climate change. As this is my children’s planet too, I wish to be proactive. At the modest level of my organization, I have launched a Green IT initiative that will reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by not less than 30%,” says SECUDE’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Heiner Kromer. Going Green The Copenhagen Summit may not have achieved what was hoped for. However, SECUDE, in its own modest way, has taken the initiative to tackle en... (more)

SailPoint Training

Not too bad when you get to go to two training classes in a row. Even better when they are on cool technologies like SAP NetWeaver Identity Manager and SailPoint's Identity IQ. Had a great time and learned lots of stuff down in Austin, TX with the SailPoint team. Clearly, the IdM field continues to expand and redefine itself as a combination of regulation and security concerns demand better audit and compliance rules. Corporate Governance policies are finding themselves enforced as IT tools embrace certification and audit along with "old school" concepts such as user provisioning... (more)

Exchange 2010 Provisioning

A long time ago when I first started working with MaXware Identity Center, I had to pass a hands-on test to demonstrate my proficiency with Identity Center and Virtual Directory. The part of this whole exam that scared me the most was provisioning to Microsoft Exchange.  Long story short, I aced the exam and successfully provisioned to all of my target systems including Exchange. Recently I was asked to set up provisioning to Microsoft Exchange 2010 specifically via PowerShell. So I got to earn a little education along the way. To start with there are a few pre-requisites that ... (more)

The Stages of Identity

Recently I've been thinking about what happens to an identity through its life cycle and how the identity data is treated during this process.  I think you will also see that the Enterprise itself has differing methods of dealing with it as well. I am considering this to be the beginning of a framework and nomenclature that one can use for expressing how people relate to their Identity data on a number of different levels. I think we can pretty much consider this to be a "work in progress," and I would greatly appreciate feedback. So why do we need this, anyway? I have observed ... (more)