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Patterns to Bring Enterprise and Social Identity to the Cloud

Details of K. Scott Morrison's upcoming session at 12th Cloud Expo / Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13, 2013]

One of the most compelling promises of the cloud is that you can pull out a credit card and be working in minutes. No purchase orders to fill out, no equipment to wait for on the loading dock. Just instant access to the resources you need, when you need them. But accessibility comes at a price, and an unintentional consequence may be that you create yet another orphaned identity silo. Enterprise IT has spent years consolidating its mishmash of directories, only to discover that cloud now threatens to turn back their hard-won victories.

In his session at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York [10-13 June, 2013], K.Scott Morrison will be looking at strategies to incorporate identity into cloud applications. Enterprise identity or social login can both be a part of your go-to-cloud strategy, he will show, but according to Morrison you must plan for this upfront rather than try to retrofit identity and access control at a later date.

At his session Cloud Expo delegates will learn about:

  • The different identity challenges in SaaS, PaaS and IaaS
  • Social Sign On vs Enterprise Single Sign On (SSO)
  • The new role of OAuth, OpenID Connect, and SCIM
  • Do virtual private clouds make the problem go away?
  • Pros and cons of cloud-based identity services
  • How you can leverage existing technology to address a new problems




Speaker Bio:

Scott Morrison is the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect at Layer 7 Technologies, providing the visionary innovation and technical direction for the company. He has extensive technical and scientific experience in a number of industries and universities, including senior architect positions at IBM. He is one of the four co-editors for the WS-I Basic Security Profile and is a much sought-after author and speaker.

He has published over 50 book chapters, magazine articles, and papers in medical, physics, and engineering journals and is co-author of the university textbook "Cloud Computing: Principles, Systems and Applications" published by Springer-Verlag. In addition to being a Cloud Expo regular, Morrison has recently spoken at more than 70 shows around the world, including InfoWorld, JavaOne, GigaOm STRUCTURE, SOA World, Gartner and IDC conferences.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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