I was looking through some of my old project documents on the long train journey North from Peterborough to Edinburgh this morning when I came across this – How to Avoid an IAM Trainwreck (.pdf 850kB). It’s an article that I wrote nearly two years ago with the intention of submitting for publication in some magazine or other, but I don’t think we ever actually got around to doing so (probably too busy with real projects). It’s always a difficult thing, looking back at something you used to think was great. Time has a way of making naive stylistic errors and bad grammar stand out, after the blinding effect of initial pride in your work has worn off. But even allowing for a couple of wince-making lines (that any decent sub-editor would probably have caught anyway) it still makes some decent points. It’s quite scary how many of these problems I still seem to run into.
I’d be interested in any feedback from you, and thoughts on your own IAM trainwreck avoidance strategies (always supposing there is actually anyone out there, apart from people googling “lolcat” and ending up here by mistake).
I’ve been brushing up on WS-Federation again recently and the more I read the more convinced I become that it is the answer. The answer to what, I hear you ask? Everything, that’s what. I’ll have more to say about this soon, but I’m very excited. In the meantime, I suggest you read the white paper at the bottom of this page if you haven’t done so already.
That’s a bit harsh, kitty. We’ve only just begun. Granted, it’s not got off to a great start, but give it time. It’s going to be a travelogue of one man’s journey around the UK, Europe and (occasionally) the US bringing Identity Management to the masses. There will be highs and lows, tears and laughter, good days and bad, ADAM and AD, ILM and MIIS. It won’t be highbrow, intellectual or visionary. It’ll be lowbrow, verging on the stupid at times, and reactionary. I’m a simple man, easily amused.
But don’t write me off just yet. Stick around, make a comment , send me an Identity lolcat of your own. Together we can do great things. Or at least learn a little and amuse ourselves at the same time. And that can’t be a bad thing, can it?