Last week, I was in London to attend the last ForgeRockIdentityLive summit of 2019. Once again, it was a great event, very well attended by over 250 customers and prospects, in locations close to London Bridge. The first day was packed with presentations from ForgeRock (keynote, roadmap, demos by the Product Management team…) and from 5 different customers: E-Trade, Hargreaves Lansdown, SwissCom, NHS Digital and BMW. I really enjoyed these customers’ testimony and I want to address special kudos to Anthony Wilson, Product Manager for Identity at NHS Digital, for running a live (and successful) demo of an iPad application specifically built for paramedics to allow them to access patients medical records, in a highly trusted yet password-less manner.
The second day is the usual unSummit, with more technical discussions and hands-on workshops. I ran a session about my favorite subject: Directory Services, and everyone else favorite subject: Containers and Kubernetes. I explained all the work we’re doing to automate the deployment of replicated DS instances and ran a live demonstration of deploying a 3 way replicated service on MiniKube on my laptop, in a couple of minutes; and also how to scale it up to 4 instances in just a click. Kudos to the Directory Services engineering team for reaching that milestone on the way to the 7.0 release of the ForgeRock Identity Platform.
During the event, we also showed our support for Women In Identity, a program I’m particularly fond of, as a father of 3 girls (although probably none of them will work in Identity or even IT).
It was a good opportunity to meet and discuss with our European customers (or the European teams of our global customers). For me, the main topic of discussion was Kubernetes and running Directory Services in Docker/K8S. It was also something that I’ve discussed a little bit during the Nashville Identity Live, but not as much as I did in Berlin. I also did a talk on that subject at the Identity Live Cloud Workshop (the second day of the event is focusing on the technical aspects of our products and solutions). I’ve started to write another article to detail my talk. I hope to publish it here in the next few days. Meanwhile, you can find all the photos from Identity Live Berlin on my Flickr page as usual.
Note that Identity Live Berlin took place at the “Classic Remise” which is a showroom for old and sports cars. An unusual place for a conference, but a good opportunity to admire some pretty old cars and try to take a different kind of photos.
This was my first visit to the city of Country Music and honky-tonks. It was fun listening to the live music everywhere, trying (and buying) boots, visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame, although we didn’t really have much time for leisure.
The Identity Live event itself was really good and very well attended. The engagement of our Customers and Partners was great and we’ve had a myriad of discussions, feedbacks and questions about our products, our roadmap and our progress on our move to the Cloud.
In London, we’ve had 3 important customers that explained how they are innovating with the help of digital identities, each of them providing online services to over 30 millions users: The BBC, Maerks and Pearson. And we’ve had 3 major UK banks that joined a panel to discuss OpenBanking and APIs in the banking industry. I have particularly enjoyed the well mastered presentations by Bianca Lopes about the data that we leave online and that ties back to our identity, and by Spencer Kelly, technology presenter of the BBC show “Click”.
Today, we had our “unConference” day, where the engineering team is joining the product management one and discuss with our customers and partners on how to leverage the newest features of the ForgeRock Identity Platform, whether already released or soon to be.
This was my first participation to the events in this region (somehow I managed to convince my family to move our vacation earlier so I could attend), and it was great meeting in person with many customers and prospects I’ve interacted with over the phone, as well as meeting the ForgeRock colleagues I hadn’t seen for a while. As usual, the conversations around our products and the customers solutions were very rich and open, and I came back with great inputs and confirmations for our roadmaps.
You can find my photos of the events in the following Flickr albums: