Managing IAM In Uncertain Times – 2012 Edition

Posted on by Steve Tout in Career,Management

Better late than never, they say. So first of all Happy New year to you and I wish all the readers of my blog the very best health, happiness and success in managing IAM projects in 2012!

Managing IdM In Uncertain Times 2009

Managing IdM In Uncertain Times 2009

I am writing this post from Bangalore, India where I am wrapping up the final touches on a 1.5 day workshop program that I am presenting to the Operations and Management team at VMware this week on a variety of hand chosen topics that I have collected and discussed under the umbrella of Managing IdM In Uncertain Times. This name comes from the paper I wrote in 2009 and consequently inspired the theme and title of this blog. In this blog (and the paper) I attempt to identify the trends and codify the best practices and rules of thumb when it comes to managing IdM systems in a virtualized environment for running leaner and more efficient IT operations. The message I gave then is just as relevant as it is today, if not more so, as IdM functions fall under the purview of new IT management and staff who have either not worked with IdM technologies before or who haven’t been exposed to the breadth of technologies and disciplines it entails in a modern IT shop. I hope for the better, along with briefing new managers on various issues related to Identity & Access management through the years, I constantly pass this document along to new with managers whom I have the opportunity to work with directly on a project or who may be considered as a stakeholder in the success (or failure) of the IdM project. The paper is also available to anyone who works with me on my team at VMware. (And yes we are hiring 2 new IdM engineers in Bangalore – see job descriptions here and here and mention you heard about the job from my blog!)

Managing IAM in Uncertain Times

Managing IAM in Uncertain Times

Fast forward to late 2011 and to today, I have updated the paper and put it in the format of a book outline and proposal. The outline is as effective as a reference point for creating workshop/training content as much as it is valuable to launch into discussions with management. And the best part about the work and this writing project is in being able to apply the insights and experiences I have gained and getting to work with some of the best talent the industry has to offer.

Since I don’t really have a book to sell (yet) I am posting the outline of the book up here and I invite any and all of you who might be interested in reading and giving feedback, whether directly to me via LinkedIn or by leaving a comment here in the blog post. If you are interested in reviewing future drafts of the manuscript please indicate so in your post. As much as work and family keeps me busy at all times, I am excited at the potential that this volume has to address a critical need in our industry, as well as providing guidance and resources specifically to managers and IT professionals looking to take their careers to the next level or simply adding new core skills and experiences. I would be forever grateful and appreciative for any feedback, questions or comments you may wish to offer. I promise in return the collective wisdom and insights from the past 4 years as an IdM leader/engineer/architect at VMware will be presented concisely and in an actionable format that you can put to use immediately, as well as provide case studies and templates available which alone will be extremely valuable resources.

Rest Stop in Bangalore

Thanks for reading and best wishes in your endeavors in 2012!

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