Munich fuel

To get through the intense European Identity Conference last week in Munich (thanks, Kuppinger Cole folks!), I had to make sure to drink lots of fluids. I’m referring, of course, to coffee, beer, and one extraordinary whisky (thanks, Ping Identity folks!).

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Bavarian coffee cup – gift from a local friend

The 2010 edition of the conference was lively and valuable. Here are just a couple of stories about encounters I had there, with more thoughts and info to come.

I had the good fortune to meet Christian Scholz in person for the first time; we participate in the Data Without Borders podcast series together, but in the way of the modern world, had never occupied the same room. Christian was serving as a credentialed event blogger. We hung out together during many EIC sessions, and I learned a lot by seeing the enterprise IdM world through his eyes; we seem to share a strong interest in the idea of radically simplifying IT. (I also learned how he came by the moniker Mr. Topf…) Don’t miss his conference musings.

And I had the great pleasure of meeting UMA’s own Graphics/UX Editor, the talented Domenico Catalano — though I already felt I knew him well! Domenico’s graphical and intellectual work graces a lot of the UMA material (and if you’re going to IIW next week, you’ll see even more of it). What a delight to cement friendships by meeting IRL.

The erudite and prolific author Vittorio Bertocci kindly gave me a copy of his new book, A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control — and I couldn’t resist asking for an autograph. (Though I was forced to sleep off the week’s excesses on the plane rather than read, this tome is next on my list.)

Finally, I had the opportunity to participate in three panels (data portability, privacy-enhancing technologies, and trust frameworks), and really appreciated the skillz and charm of moderators Dave Kearns and John Hermans.

Thanks and congratulations again to KC+P gang; it was a heck of a show, and they were ever the gracious hosts. Stay tuned here for more about the week’s events from my perspective.

One Comment to “Munich fuel”

  1. Andi Hindle 14 May 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Glad you enjoyed the Ardbeg :)