My quest to bring Best Practices to Identity Management especially with Microsoft FIM / ILM

Monday, July 20, 2009

Webinar: How Microsoft Geneva Streamlines Business

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
10:30 to 11:30 (PST)
12:30 to 1:30 (CST)
1:30 to 2:30 (EST)

[Register Now]

David Lundell, ILM MVP
Identity Management
Practice Leader, Ensynch

Jonathan Sander
IAM and Security Analyst
Quest Software

Webinar: How Microsoft Geneva
Streamlines Business

- Learn How to Reap the Benefits of True Web
Single-Sign-On and Federation

Has your organization been forced to deploy one-off solutions to solve login or compliance problems with a newly deployed technology?
Are your employees tired of using multiple logins for all kinds of access needs?
Having trouble managing shared resources users both inside and outside of your organization?
Using open platform identity management solution Microsoft Geneva, you can save money and make your business more efficient today, and also make it more easily scalable for the future.
I would like to invite you to our latest exclusive "no frills" webinar: "How Microsoft Geneva Streamlines Business," the 1st in a 4-part Identity Management Webinar Series from Ensynch's Identity Management Practice Leader and Microsoft Identity Management MVP, David Lundell, and Quest Software IAM and Security Analyst, Jonathan Sander.
This webinar is designed for business leaders, and will present business value propositions for the Microsoft Geneva framework. Whether identity management is a major concern for your organization or if you are simply curious about using Microsoft Geneva as an asset to help your business, this webinar is for you.
Webinar Agenda:
- Yikes! The business pain points of managing lots of identities

- High level discussion of Microsoft Geneva

- Business value of Geneva

- Gaps of the Geneva framework

- Possible solutions to the gaps

- ROI of Geneva versus other Single-Sign-On solutions

- Geneva and the Cloud

- Q & A

Stay Tuned for the other three parts of this webinar series:

A Technical Overview of the Microsoft Geneva Infrastructure
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Using the Microsoft Geneva Framework to Solve
Your Federation Needs

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Accelerate Your Businesses for the Future with Microsoft Geneva and the Cloud
Thursday, October 1, 2009


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

H30, Geneva Cola, Sitrus and Orange Fizz

Back in business school I was a connoisseur of fine commercials.  Recently I watched a commercial for Lipton Ice Tea (note I am a teetotaler who doesn't drink tea) and I have to admire their cleverness in coming up with names for competitor products (see the title) in their "Lipton Tea, I think I love you" commercial. (Lyrics here)

Really the names are clever although the best is the H30 -- I just love it, a chemical compound that as far as I can tell can't exist, but we all know they are making fun of flavored water. Of course I also love ordering water by requesting Di-Hydrogen-Oxide.

OK they didn't actually have Geneva Cola it was really Milan Cola, but since I really wanted to blog about Geneva and how "I think I love [it]" well I couldn't resist the name substitution.

Now before I pester you with anymore puns let me tell you why I love Geneva, Microsoft's next evolutionary leap with Federation and SSO.

Of late there has been a lot of buzz about Cloud computing. But there are obstacles, when you host applications in the cloud or use SaS type applications you wind up creating new identity stores.

With Geneva your identities will be almost ubiquitous, in that you can use it anywhere and your applications built using the Geneva framework will be able to accept and use identities from anywhere that you decide to trust.  It won't matter anymore where your applications, are in Microsoft's cloud, your cloud, or your partner's cloud.

In short if Cloud Computing will transform the industry then Geneva is the way to get there. It certainly lowers some of the barriers

Additionally, we can use Geneva to provide SSO for apps within an organization.

Now to tie in the commercial, since Geneva also supports the SAML 2.0 protocol it even inter-operates with Hot Ball of GAS SSO, and "Fiction Books Access Manager"

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Live ID's are now Open ID's, Geneva supports SAML 2.0

At the PDC Microsoft's Kim Cameron and colleague Bertocci Vittorio announced that Microsoft Live is now an Open Id provider. Additionally, when signing into Live you can use Information Cards (Info Card, Card Space, Geneva Card Space).

They also demonstrated the new Geneva Framework (formerly known as Zermat) -- essentially a successor to Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Federation Services, and showed it supporting SAML 2.0 the "protocol" not just SAML 2.0 the token.

Other new announcements included the Microsoft Federation Gateway, which allows you to federate with Microsoft,  Live (including both managed domains and individual consumers -- all 400 million of them), other Geneva (ADFS) organizations, and other third party Service Token Services (STS). They also showed issuing LINQ queries against the .Net Access Control Service to retrieve roles to make authorization decisions.

Good show gentlemen! This is a tremendous step forward for interoperability. I just hope that the interoperability between Geneva and other third parties STS's is much easier to implement than the brittle, painful interoperability between ADFS and Shibboleth (that didn't support SAML 2.0). Hopefully, Shibboleth will be one of those 3rd parties!

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