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Predictions for 2010: The IT World Has Changed (for the Better)

Despite the economic challenges, this has been a record year for SailPoint as we’ve doubled our customer base and expanded into Europe and APAC. As we look forward to 2010, we have been reflecting upon the recession and how it will impact next year – particularly in regard to how […]

The State of the Identity Governance Market

Next week, I’ll be attending the Gartner IAM Summit in San Diego. It’s safe to assume that the state of the IAM/IdM market will be top of mind at the conference, so I thought I’d share my observations: Despite tightened budgets during 2009, we are seeing strong demand for identity […]

Reflecting on 10 Years of IdM Technology

This week commemorates Dave Kearns’ 10th anniversary writing Network World’s Identity Management newsletter. As a faithful follower over the past decade, I’m sending hearty congratulations to Dave for his feat. Keep those insights coming! Dave’s column this week led me to reflect on how the IdM market has changed over […]

Watching the Identity Management Sun Set

Most of us were surprised yesterday to hear Oracle’s intentions to acquire Sun. What does this announcement mean for the IdM space? While Oracle has taken out one of its chief competitors in the IdM suite business as a by-product of the acquisition, it has done so at the cost […]

Verizon Business Report: Data Breaches Can Be Avoided

Verizon Business just posted the results of their 2009 Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations study this morning. This is Verizon Business’ second annual study, and it highlights some interesting – and unfortunately not surprising – statistics. Of the 285 million compromised records that Verizon studied, 93 percent occurred in the […]

SailPoint Simplifies the Process of Buying and Deploying Identity Management

Last week, Burton Group analyst Lori Rowland wrote about how the weakened economy has been good for identity management technologies. I agree with Lori – the churn created by the recession has heightened the need for companies to proactively manage risk associated with user access controls. Compliance and identity governance […]

An Identity Report from the Road

For the past several weeks, I’ve been racking up the frequent flier miles, canvassing the identity management marketplace and talking with customers from various industries and geographies. My overwhelming conclusion from these meetings is that the concept of identity governance has rapidly evolved over the last 12 months from an […]

Lessons from TJX: Proactive Risk Management Pays

I read today that TJX just held a “Customer Appreciation” sale related to the massive data breach that exposed as many as 100 million customer accounts. According to TJX spokesperson Sherry Lang, TJX offered customers 15% off entire purchases on January 22 “to express our appreciation to customers for their […]