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The Strategy behind being Tactical

December 13, 2006 By: Andre Category: Identity

As one of my mentors, Dean Leffingwell said to me a few years ago, “execution is strategy.

I might just be getting older, but my journey as an entrepreneur has me appreciating more each day the value of simple execution. The entire concept that there’s no silver bullet, just well thought out execution, one step at a time, just embodies for me what I’ve observed as good to great behavior in building a business.

I’m not a good chess player, and I suck at poker too, but historically I’ve considered my contributions biased towards strategy. Lately, I’ve come to appreciate a few new positive characteristics of being viewed as tactical. As long as your competition views your solution as tactical, you’ll be considered a nuisance, and not a real competitive threat. And that’s a good thing. Don’t let your ego and desire to proclaim relevance screw that up.

Identity ‘Rat Hole’?

December 04, 2006 By: Andre Category: Identity

I’m camped out in Mountainview at my first Internet Identity Workshop. Recognizing perhaps a few dozen of the 100 or so people here, I can’t help but think this is the highest concentration of passionate identity talent in the world.

So as I sit down, who do I see but none other than Rohit Khare, one of my early advisors at Jabber, Inc. It was Rohit who coached me to ignore the IETF in the early days of Jabber and instead focus on marketshare. Rohit is definitely one of the brightest people I’ve met, and that advice turned out to save me and Jabber what would have been a lot of wasted time before we were finally ready.

Not two months after starting Ping Identity, I asked Rohit if he was interested in becoming a Ping advisor. His response, which I remember vividly, was ‘why the hell would you want to go down THAT rat hole?‘ Only Dave Winer’s response to the same question was etched more permanently into my brain — “I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. We have blogs, identity problem solved.”

To be honest, I can’t say as if Rohit was wrong, and I’ve heard people use any number of adjectives to describe the complexity of identity, but you can imagine my surprise at seeing Rohit here today. Apparently 5 years later, the ‘rat hole’ has a slightly sweeter smell. Will someone please tell me when we reach the honey-pot phase? I don’t want to miss it…. again.

CA OEM’s PingFederate

December 04, 2006 By: Andre Category: Identity

Ping Identity today announced that CA has OEM’d its flagship product, PingFederate, to provide federation end-point functionality for SiteMinder customers looking to federate (SAML or WS-Federation) with partners. The product is now available from CA.

On a more personal note, this relationship has been a long time coming, and it’s great to see it finally reach the starting line.

PingTrust v2.0 Released – First Complete STS

December 04, 2006 By: Andre Category: Identity

Ping Identity announced the released PingTrust v2.0 last week. The new version, which can be downloaded from www.pingidentity.com, provides turn-key .Net and Java Security Interceptors, allowing companies to leverage a full-featured WS-Trust Security Token Server without the need for application-side programming (they can just embed our new royalty free security interceptors).

Ping Identity announced the released PingTrust v2.0 last week. The new version, which can be downloaded from www.pingidentity.com, provides turn-key .Net and Java Security Interceptors, allowing companies to leverage a full-featured WS-Trust Security Token Server without the need for application-side programming (they can just embed our new royalty free security interceptors).

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