Andre Durand

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December 14, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

I’ve reached a sort of nirvana at home with my whole computer situation. Having bought a 24″ iMac a few months back, I was really struggling with how to replicate my Outlook productivity to the corporate Exchange server. Entourage simple choked on the size of my email in-box, and separate mail, calendar and contacts just doesn’t cut it once you’ve become accustomed to the integrated workflow of Outlook.

So the other day my IT group created a Windows XP VM with VMWare Fusion. I took the CD home and within a few clicks, had a Windows desktop running on the iMac. I’m blown away at how well it works, how fast it works, and the fact that it worked without a hitch.

Keeping two monitors on my desk, but chucking my old tower, I have this insanely clean setup, and literally the best of both worlds, the iMac for all my home media and Windows for many of my work productivity apps (and any other Windows app I want to be running).

The other day, I accidentally discovered I could literally drag files between the two OS desktops, and the files converted on the fly to the required formats. Unreal!

Add in AppleTV, and my favorite family photos (with accompanied sound tracks) are now wireless streaming to the plasma in the living room. Rhapsody and a wireless cable from the iMac to the whole house Bose system and 3 million songs and tons of playlists can be listened to in any room independently.

The whole thing is friggen cool.

Federation. Choose wisely…

December 13, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

A random comment yesterday in our monthly off-site conjured the following visual. Actually, the image was supposed to be of a young guy and an old bearded guy, representative of what you’ll look like if you pick a suite vendor to provide federation, but alas, I couldn’t find the image.

I love Apple, but….

December 07, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

I love Apple, and I’ve bought a lot of Apple products recently, but the new Apple wireless keyboard is just stupid! It’s fashion gone wild. What normal human can actually type on it?

It’s smaller than my shoe.

It’s smaller than my hands.

It needs a  mic, so I could just dictate my email.

Or, better yet, perhaps it should just become the fashion accessory it really is.

Yo, what time is it?

PingIdentians Unite in PingTopia

December 07, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

A customer recently referred to us as Ping Identians. The shoe fits, so we’ll wear it.

MacLand Smiles

December 01, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

A friend of mine and several former colleague’s have been sharing their wisdom of Mac’s for developers for over two years now. I finally woke up, and about 6 months ago, starting handing out MacBook Pro’s with 30″ monitors to our staff.


It’s a bit early to know if productivity is actually higher, but it’s sure brought a lot of smiles, and that’s worth a lot.


Smiles from Ashish Jain who won this months Mac lottery.


November 29, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

…and I don’t feel much different. Maybe I will at 9:49am.

Busy is good

November 28, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

In all my rush to “get big”, sometimes I forget, it’s the journey, not the destination.

Last week, all of our field engineers were at customer locations doing POC’s. This morning, while chatting with one of our field engineers, I got this quote. It brought a smile.

we’re so busy that it’s reaching the point of insanity. It is great, a great time to be at Ping.”

Dynamic Federation. A Game Changer?

November 12, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

Today’s federation deployments, while secure, enterprise tested and gaining in momentum in B2B single sign-on scenarios, still lack one key networking characteristic. Namely, a network effect.

Every new SAML server which comes online today, unfortunately, is not instantly usable by other SAML installations. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that today, not only are we not achieving Metcalfe’s law of network effects, I’m not sure if we’re even achieving 1+1=2.

That’s about to change.

We’ve been busy here at Ping innovating to take SAML further — without changing the specification. We’ve added some conventions that when adhered to, effectively enable ‘connectionless federation’. We’re referring to it as dynamic federation, or auto-federation.

Depending on how you configure this new dynamic federation capability, it has the potential to significantly reduce the technical friction in federation by as much as 90%. In certain scenarios, such as enterprise use of SaaS, it holds the potential of completely eliminating the coordinated dance between business and IT folks that today must happen to make a SAML federation connection happen.

Stop the junk

November 09, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

As I mentioned earlier, ProQuo launched a few weeks ago to help people stop the junk mail. The service gets a new user every few minutes now. At its heart, ProQuo is a trusted identity agency with a big vision and humble beginnings. Disclosure: I’m on the board at ProQuo, which was an effort spun out of Ping Identity.

We won’t rest!

November 08, 2007 By: Andre Category: Identity

Until the graph looks like this!