I’ve just made a big change, joining Forrester Research as a Principal Analyst, and this new adventure is sure to be exciting. It’s an honor to join this stellar organization and work with so many talented folks. I’ll be serving security and risk professionals and will focus primarily on identity and access management, so this move feels like a natural outgrowth of work I’ve been involved in for more than ten years now.

My tenure at PayPal was a great learning experience; I’ll never forget my time there, nor the good friends I made. I also managed to learn a few things while “catching up on life” in the few weeks between gigs. Here are some questions folks have been asking me, with answers:

Q: Are you moving back to the east coast?

A: Nope, I’m still based in the Pacific Northwest, but I will likely be out Boston-way somewhat more often. As for other appearances, you’ll definitely be able to find me at Forrester’s IT Forum 2011 in May, and I’ll be figuring out the situation with other events shortly.

Q: Will you continue to blog here?

A: Yes, though the mix of topics will likely change, as I’ll be contributing industry-related posts to the Forrester blog. I’ll post pointers to those here, and my hope is to step up my writing activity on other topics of interest at Pushing String. And I hope you’ll continue to follow my doings at @xmlgrrl (where the #forrester tag will likely make lots of appearances).

Q: What about User-Managed Access and other innovation-oriented work?

A: The plan is for me to continue in my role as “chief UMAnitarian” and to participate in certain other tech leadership activities as time allows. In the last couple of months we’ve gotten a big influx of active UMA contributors, and we’ve had a burst of progress in the last few weeks on defining how to loosely couple “user-centric” policy enforcement points and policy decision points. So I think we’re well on our way to meeting the goals and timing stated in our charter.

Q: So what did you do on your winter vacation?

A: One of my goals was to “learn one big thing”, so I started learning how to play guitar, under the tutelage of my dear old friend Rich. My original use cases were around communicating better with my Mud Junket bandmates who are actual guitarists, but Rich doesn’t fool around: I have to learn good technique and not take any shortcuts. Luckily, the fret-hand callus crop has finally started to come in.

I also read a great book called The Talent Code, which describes what goes on neurologically in people who seem like once-in-a-lifetime geniuses, and discusses how any skill (like guitar-playing!) can be honed more rapidly through “deep practice” that stimulates myelin growth.

With all this plus a healthy dose of R&R, it feels like I’m learning how to learn all over again.

13 Comments to “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Eve Maler, gunnar peterson and others. gunnar peterson said: RT @xmlgrrl Yes, I'm joining #Forrester! < very good news for Forrester & their subscribers […]

  2. David Kearns 17 January 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Well, this will certainly increase the identity-awareness at Forrester!


  3. Eve 17 January 2011 at 7:22 am #

    ;-) Thanks for the good wishes, Dave!

  4. Saqib Ali 17 January 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Well this was inevitable. With Gartner’s recent acquisition of Burton Group and its Identity gurus, Forrester had to quickly beef up their portfolio in that space, and who better to hire…….. :)

    Congratulations! :)

  5. TooTallSid 17 January 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Oooo – the dream job! It was probably psychic emanations from Bob Blakley.

    PayPal’s loss. Best of luck! You have a highly calibrated B.S. detector so I look forward to your work, Eve.

  6. Eve 17 January 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Thanks for the kind (and funny) words, guys!

  7. Roger Jennings 17 January 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Hi, Eve,

    Congrats on your new career with Forrester!


  8. Cordny Nederkoorn 18 January 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Hi xmlgrrl,

    good luck at Forrester!
    Congrats from your UMA-tester.



  9. Eve 18 January 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Roger and Cordny– Thanks very much, guys!

  10. Alam 18 January 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Hi Eve,

    Congratulation and Alles Gute…


  11. […] A couple of folks (Hi Eve, Ash!) pinged me over the past couple of days to report problems with Planet Identity – specifically, the site was up, but hadn’t aggregated any new posts since January 9th. It looks like the machine that hosts it (courtesy of Stephen Lau – my continued thanks for his generosity!) got an OS upgrade that weekend, and my cron job was dropped in the transition. A quick kick, and all is running fine now. Thanks, Eve and Ash for the heads up, and all the best at Forrester, Eve! […]

  12. Hubert A. Le Van Gong 26 January 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I wonder which one of your many talents they hired you for?
    Oh, I know: it’s got be stitching – or it could be singing I guess… ;)

    Congrats and have fun!

  13. Eve 27 January 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Alam– Thanks!

    Hubert– Actually, a lot of singing did happen at the Forrester global offsite last week, but I dare not share details here. What happens at the offsite stays at the offsite…