Andre Durand

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Archive for November, 2005

Commitment & Passion

November 15, 2005 By: Andre Category: Ping Identity

We launched a new version of our federation server today — PingFederate 3.0. On schedule. While I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some exceptionally talented people throughout my career at both Durand and Jabber, the maturity of the Ping team and their commitment and passion to deadlines and quality is truly extraordinary. I’m honored to be working with this group.  

The Flattening of End-Points

November 15, 2005 By: Andre Category: Musings

I’ve given up trying to actually read business books cover-to-cover. I’m now listening to them through my PDA and Audibles. I was intrigued with some of the details around Kevin Bacon’s concept of 6 degrees which were discussed in The Tipping Point.


While talking with Thor Hauge and Jer Miller a few weeks back, I came to the realization that there is likely some sort of grander formula at work with respect to the collapse of distance between ANY two end-points. While Kevin discusses the distance (measured in people) between any two randomly selected people. I think the same concept can be generally applied to ANY two endpoints. As networks connect and layers of infrastructure collapse and consolidate, the net effect is that the distance between ANY two end-points (measured in ‘hops’) is collapsing.


Any mathematicians out there want to help me formulate this concept?   

The Flatening of End-Points

November 15, 2005 By: Andre Category: Musings

I’ve given up trying to actually read business books cover-to-cover. I’m now listening to them through my PDA and Audibles. I was intrigued with some of the details around Kevin Bacon’s concept of 6 degrees which were discussed in The Tipping Point. Over (yet another) tequilla shot while talking with Thor Hauge and Jer Miller a few weeks back, I came to the realization that there is likely some sort of grander formula at work with respect to the collapse of distance between ANY two end-points. While Kevin discusses the distance (measured in people) between any two randomly selected people. I think the same concept can be generally applied to ANY two endpoints. As networks connect and layers of infrastructure collapse and consolidate, the net effect is that the distance between ANY two end-points (measured in ‘hops’) is collapsing.


Any mathematicians out there want to help me formulate this concept?