This is a tale of two conferences on identity that I haven’t attended. Two conferences in the influence-wake of which I am left to wonder: What new complexities will the next round of solutions add to the problems of producing digital identity services?
I have been watching the tweets roll in from the Cloud Identity Summit 2014 via the #CISmcc hashtag. (If there’s a contest for mentions, Ian Glazer seems to be doing quite well.) I do kind of wish I was there, but for now the time I have for travel and collaboration is better spent in my own neck of the woods.
From the Twitter back-channel, augmented by some quick-to-post bloggers, it appears that the dominant voices in the identity community, after platform vendors, are still those of engineers and security professionals. Design and management thinking get some mention, but nowhere near the attention they deserve.
There are a lot of engineering and security problems to be sorted out. And, as I keep reminding myself, the network transaction is where the work gets done. If that fails everything else was a waste of time. It was also nice to see tweets bubbling up that chimed with my own concerns…
@NishantK says “The old way of doing it is not going to scale –
Stop using humans as pieces of the architecture.”#CISmcc