Thursday, January 22, 2009

Isn't that cute?

It never ceases to amaze me that the younger generations always think they invented everything (social unrest, "relevant" music - even sex) and that we "old folks" just don't understand. So I wasn't really that surprised when the usually knowledgeable Eric Norlin wrote:

"Identity's first wave (roughly 2001-2008) was all about building the noun that is 'identity.' Identity's second wave (projected - 2009 to 2016) will be all about building the verbs that live on top of identity."
Identity's "first wave" was 20-25 years ago when we were building authentication & authorization systems using NIS, StreetTalk or NetWare's Bindery. The second wave came in the early nineties with the release of Novell Directory Services, iPlanet, OID and other x.500-derived services.

What started in 1998 was actually the 3rd wave - workflow added to the directory services, authorization and authentication begat Electronic Provisioning which lead inexorably to today's plethora of identity-based services.

Still in its infancy is the fourth wave - when "identity-based" gives way to "identity-enabled" providing us with a rich fabric of services which know who we are, where we are, where we want to go, what we want to do and how we want to do it. But it has taken 30 years to get here - not 10.


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