Last week at the nice Powerscourt Estate, outside Dublin, Ireland, ForgeRock hosted the European Identity Relationship Management Summit, attended by over 200 partners, customers, prospects, users of ForgeRock technologies. What a great European IRMSummit it was !
If you haven’t been able to attend, here’s some highlights:
I heard many talks and discussions about Identity being the cornerstone in the digital transformation of enterprises and organizations. It shifting identity projects from a cost center to revenue generators.
There was lots of focus on consumer identity and access management, with some perspectives on current identity standards and what is going to be needed from the IRM solutions. We’ve also heard from security and analytics vendors, demonstrating how ForgeRock’s Open Identity Stack can be combined with the network security layer or with analytics tools to increase security and context awareness when controlling access.
Many talks about Internet of Things and especially demonstration around defining the relationship between a Thing and a User, securing the access to the data produced by the Thing. We’ve seen a door lock being unlocked with a NFC enabled mobile phone, by provisioning over the air the appropriate credentials, a smart coffee machine able to identify the coffee type and the user, pushing the data to a web service, and asking the user for consent to share. There’s a common understanding that all the things will have identities and relations with other identities.
There were several interesting discussions and presentations about Digital Citizens, illustrated by reports from deployments in Norway, Switzerland, Nigeria, and the European Commission cross-border authentication initiatives STORK and eIDAS…
Half a day was dedicated to ForgeRock products, with introductory trainings, demonstrations of coming features in OpenAM, OpenDJ, OpenIDM and OpenIG. During the Wednesday afternoon, I did 2 presentations on OpenIG, demonstrating the ease of integration of OAuth2.0 and OpenID Connect to protect applications and APIs, and on OpenDJ, demonstrating the flexibility and power of the REST to LDAP interface.
The summit wouldn’t be such a great conference if there was no plan for social interactions and fun. This year we had a nice dinner in the Powerscourt house (aka the Castle) followed by live music in the pub. The band was great, but became even better when Joni and Eve joined them for a few songs, for the great pleasure of all the guests.
Of course, I have to admit that the best part of the IRM Summit in Ireland was the pints of Guinness !
To all attendees, thank you for your participation, the interesting discussions and the input to our products. I’m looking forward to see you again next year for the 2015 edition. Sláinte !
[Updated on Nov 11] Added link to the highlight video produced by Markus
[Updated on Nov 13] Added link to the slideshare folder where all presentations have been published
[Updated on Nob 24] Added link to the all videos on ForgeRock’s YouTube page
Starting Monday next week, at the Powerscourt Estate near Dublin, the European IRM Summit is just a few days away.
I’m polishing the content and demos for the 2 sessions that I’m presenting, one for each product that I’m managing: OpenDJ and OpenIG. Both take place on the Wednesday afternoon in the Technology Overview track.
If you’re still contemplating whether you should attend the event, check the finalised agenda. And hurry up to the Registration site ! I’m told there are a few remaining seats available, but they might not last for long!
I looking forward to seeing everyone next week in Ireland.
There are conferences and there are Conferences. The Conferences are the ones that you remember, because they happened in unusual places, because they’ve had a different atmosphere, you’ve met lots of friendly and bright persons. They are the ones you leave with the satisfaction of having learned something, having received value, and you’re looking forward to come back next year.
The IRM Summit is one of these Conferences. The next European IRM Summit is taking place in November, 3 – 5, near Dublin, Ireland, at the Powerscourt Estate pictured here. It’s a 2 days event where you can learn and discuss about the Identity Relationship Management space, standards, platforms, solutions…There will be many presentations, demos, trainings, plenty of time for discussions and meetings, a free half day Kantara Initiative workshop around “Trusted IDentity Exchange (TIDX)”, and some fun. I can already hear the fiddle, the pipes, the harp and smell the Guinness ! And I hope the weather will let us enjoy the wonderful garden.
Check out the agenda and the list of speakers, and don’t wait until last minute to register. While there are hundreds of rooms available, they are still counted and limited. Last year’s summit was sold out !
I’m looking forward to see you in beautiful Ireland !
Two weeks ago, the first IRM Summit took place in Phoenix AZ, at the amazing Arizona Biltmore. It was a great pleasure to meet with many friends and acquaintances, analysts and experts in the Identity space. Lots of conversations, ideas et food for thoughts !