Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Random Thoughts on IdM

Ash Motiwala and Ian Yip have posted some pretty funny, yet true observations about Identity Management on their blogs lately.  After being challenged by Ash, I came up with a couple.  

Seemed like a fun thing to do right now before the holiday:

  • When it comes down to it... all you have is Data, now what you do with it... there's the rub.
  • With all due apologies to FDR "We have nothing to fear but the audit itself"
  • Again apologies to the late Arthur C Clarke: Any sufficiently advanced IdM Design  is indistinguishable from magic.
  • And finally, with respect to Isaac Asimov/Kim Cameron, here are the three laws of Provisioning Systems:
  1. A Provisioning system may not injure identity data or, through inaction, allow identity data to come to harm.
  2. An Provisioning  System must obey orders given to it by workflow, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A Provisioning  must protect its own database as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

My best wishes to all for a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. 

For everyone else, you be safe and enjoy too!
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