Identity Management for the Cloud

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I spent 2 years of my life working as an Identity Management (IdM) consultant a long time ago, when clouds were related to weather and SAAS sounded like the Scandinavian Airlines. The environment changed an now more and more companies are moving to the cloud relying on applications living outside their firewalls, but there’s something that didn’t change: The need to provision user accounts. This is the main reason why I will like to spend some of my free time the next months trying to build an IdM solution for the cloud on the cloud.

Cloud APIs and the new spaghetti factory

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With the explosion of APIs (funny that we have started using the term APIs instead of web services) what have created a monster integration challenge that I talked about in a previous post about cloud silos. However, to get an idea of how this challenge will manifest itself I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some statistics.

API Growth

Programmable web is a great resource for tracking APIs and mashups and has become the defacto registry for web APIs.

Take a ride in the CLI with Mule Jockey

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How many web sites/web services have you wished you could just interact with over the command line? Sometimes, you just want to type commands in your shell. I can name at least 3 of our products which I’ve wished I could do that with: iON, MMC, and Tcat.

There are some challenges though. Bash/BAT file scripts don’t provide facilities to interact with web services. Then, if you go with a cross platform language, 

Introducing integration PaaS (iPaaS)

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This isn’t an industry that needs more acronyms but there is no stopping the cloud *aaS rocket ship so its better to clearly define new categories that get created as we fly towards the clouds. Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is a new type of service tailored specifically for integration applications. The term ‘PaaS’ is a layer of cloud software that deals with the platform for building applications (if you are not familiar with PaaS take a look at my previous post).

Groundhog Day: Cloud Silos

February 10 2011

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There is no denying it, the cloud is having a massive impact on all our lives. In the enterprise many of the applications that we to host in our own data centers now live in the cloud.  We are a fairly typical company in terms of our IT, we don’t host any business software in house. We use Google Apps, Salesforce, Intaact, Marketo, and more. We do it because it is convenient,